Republicans block youth immigration bill

WASHINGTON

Sponsors of the "Dream Act" needed 60 Senate votes but fell five short. The House passed the bill last week.

Immigrant advocates viewed the measure as a step toward providing a path to legal status for up to 12 million illegal immigrants by focusing on the most sympathetic among them first.

Critics called it a "back-door grant of amnesty" that would encourage more illegal immigration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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