House passes DREAM Act, but bill faces tough Senate vote Thursday – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room

House lawmakers on Wednesday passed legislation allowing illegal immigrant students to remain permanently and legally in the United States.

The DREAM Act – a top priority of Democrats in both Congress and the White House – was approved by a tally of 216 to 198. Eight Republicans crossed the aisle to vote in favor of the bill, while 38 Democrats voted against it.