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Lincoln Diaz-Balart to Pelosi: Bring Dream Act up for a vote

Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, who is leaving office at the end of the year, is calling on fellow lame duck, outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to schedule a vote on the DREAM Act in the House.

The legislation -- which Rep. Diaz-Balart has sponsored or cosponsored since 2002 -- would give immigrant children in college or the military a chance to stay in the U.S.

Diaz-Balart charges that Pelosi "has blocked the House of Representatives from considering even one bill related to immigration, although she has promised to do otherwise.

"Every day the Speaker waits to consider the American DREAM Act is yet another day these deserving students are being punished for decisions not made by them, but by their parents," Diaz-Balart said.

Even if the bill made it through the House, it's unlikely to clear the Senate where Republican opposition has stalled it several times.