DREAM Act vote fails, but pressure for reform grows

"Now, more than ever, the administration needs to capitalize on the momentum of the DREAM Act, continuing to push for both legislative and administrative reform," writes Mary Giovagnoli.

"Every day of waiting worsens the situation for immigrants without legal status. The continued degradation of our immigration system isn’t measured in procedural near misses in the House or Senate. It’s measured in lives short-changed, families separated, and dreams shattered. ...

"Over the next year, the Obama administration must take a page from its predecessors and use the numerous tools available to it—executive orders, administrative rule-making, prosecutorial discretion, policy directives, and good old common sense—to craft immigration policies that extract every last bit of justice and fairness out of the laws we currently have."