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George LeMieux on Dream Act: "Sympathetic" but a likely no vote

College students -- and Kendrick Meek -- have been pressuring George LeMieux to vote for the Dream Act to give students in the U.S. illegally a chance to become residents.

But he sure sounds like a "no" vote for the legislation that would be attached to a defense spending bill. On the Senate floor, he just noted that as Dream Act opponent Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions noted, "this amendment has not gone through the judicial committee.

"Many in my state support the bill," LeMieux said. "It's a very difficult situation for kids who are brought to this country and it's no fault of their own. I understand that and I am sympathetic, but to attach this to this bill without trying to fix our broken immigration system is disingenous and irresponsible."

His position will come as a disappointment to members of Students Working for Equal Rights and the
Florida Immigrant Coalition who are convening today at Miami Dade College to watch the Senate proceedings.

"We will be following every minute of the session in the Senate floor," said Felipe Matos, who walked the Trail of Dreams from Miami to Washington earlier this year, to call national attention to the DREAM Act. "We call on Senator LeMieux not to let us down and, instead, support Florida’s future."