Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson released the statement below following the decision of Senate Republicans to finally pass the DREAM Act out of the Senate:

“I’m pleased that after a year and a half of hard work by students, stakeholders and people from all across our state, Senate Democrats will finally have the opportunity to vote for the DREAM Act. People from all across our state have worked hard and waited a long time for this moment.

“This is wonderful news for the hard-working students who will finally have the same access to financial aid that their peers have always had. Each child should have the opportunity to fulfill his or her dreams. Opening the door to college for all our kids is the right thing to do.

“This is a huge victory for our children and our state.”