The DREAM Act failed in the Senate after Republicans and five Democrats, Pryor (Ark) Tester (Mont.), Nelson (Neb.), Hagan (NC), and Baucus (Mont.), voted no.

Campus Progress issued the following statement:

Statement of Angela Peoples, Policy and Advocacy Manager at Campus Progress (the youth division of the Center for American Progress), on the Senate’s failure to pass the DREAM Act today:

“Campus Progress is extremely disappointed in the Senate’s failure to pass the DREAM Act today. The fact that common sense, fiscally responsible legislation like the DREAM Act cannot pass in the Senate says a great deal about how deeply cynical our political process has become. It is a travesty that the futures of thousands of talented young people have become casualties of political posturing and misleading, xenophobic rhetoric.

We are grateful to Senators Reid, Durbin, Levin, Leahy and others who have consistently and courageously stood with us to fight for the DREAM Act. We want them to know that we will continue to fight until the thousands of young people who want nothing more than to give back to the only country they call home have the opportunity to do so.

We watched the vote carefully today, and rest assured, we will remember who chose to stand up in support of fairness and expanding opportunity, and those who stood in the way.”

USSA issued the following statement:

Today, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act failed in a Senate procedural vote. This legislation would have created a pathway to citizenship for undocumented students who go to college or enter the military. The United States Student Association (USSA), the country’s oldest and largest student association, has supported the DREAM Act since it was first introduced in 2001.

“Students nationwide, both with and without proper documentation, were extremely disappointed in yet another failure of Congress to summon the political courage to pass the DREAM Act,” said USSA President Lindsay McCluskey. “This bill would strengthen the moral, educational, economic, and military foundation of the U.S., yet too many members of the Senate chose to put politics over country today.”

Recently, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced the DREAM Act would have raised over $2 billion in revenue for the U.S. and cut the deficit by over $1 billion over the next ten years. Additionally, several members of President Obama’s cabinet, including Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, had come out very supportive of the DREAM Act because of its benefits to national security.

Undeterred by the vote, young people will continue fighting for immigrant youth justice by gearing up for what will most likely be a difficult 112th Congress.