A coalition of labor and advocacy groups has launched a "six-figure" ad campaign aimed at Republican senators whose votes are needed to pass the DREAM Act before the current session of Congress runs out.
The AFL-CIO said Tuesday that the ads will run in print publications and on radio all this week in Maine, Boston, Miami, Houston and Las Vegas.
The GOP lawmakers being targeted are: Florida Sen. George LeMieux; Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe; Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown; Nevada Sen. John Ensign; and Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison. Most of them voted for the DREAM Act three years ago and advocates hope they will again.
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act is expected to come up for a vote before the end of the year. The measure would offer a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children age 15 or younger. Those who meet certain conditions -- such as a U.S. high school diploma or GED -- would be eligible for federal student loans, in-state tuition rates, military service and, ultimately, citizenship.
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