After three long, hard-fought years, The Washington State Senate has finally passed the Dream Act.  Ian Cope reports.  (TRT: 1:05)  CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

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Sen. Nelson (TRT: 18) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “Students who have been waiting and waiting to be rewarded for their patience and their hard work will have their chance to fulfill their dreams. Si se puede.  Yes we can.  Yes you can.  Thank you for voting on the Dream Act.”

After a long wait, Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson was finally able to rise on the floor of the Senate and speak in favor of the Dream Act.  The measure will make it possible for the children of men and women who came to America illegally to access the State Need Grant to pay for their college education.  Students like 19-year-old Dulce Siguenza, who Nelson says will finally be able to realize her dream of attending the University of Washington.

Sen. Nelson (TRT: 16) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “Her dream was to be a Husky and she couldn’t go because of a lack of state financial aid. Now I look at it and we’ve passed the Dream Act.  There is no more waiting.  She can apply for the aid and hopefully, very soon, she will be wearing purple and gold.”   

The Dream Act passed the Senate on a 35-10 vote and now moves to the house where a similar measure received overwhelming support on the opening day of the 2014 session.