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Sen. Brown Says He Will Not Support 'DREAM Act'

Sen. Scott Brown says he will not support the DREAM Act and called the bill aimed helping illegal immigrant college students "backdoor amnesty."

Massachusetts Republican made the comments Monday during a Salvation Army charity event in downtown Boston.

The federal proposal would allow some illegal immigrants to qualify for permanent legal residency by graduating from college or by joining the military. The Senate is slated to vote on the measure this week.

But Brown said he wasn't supportive of the bill.

Brown's remarks come as a coalition of educators, religious leaders, and immigrant advocates made a last ditch appeal to Brown to support the proposal.

Brown has also been a target of a national campaign by advocates trying to persuade the moderate Republican to support the measure.

This program aired on December 13, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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