The DREAM act, technically proposed as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, has been temporarily shelved by the Senate, and is unlikely to be voted on in 2010.

House Democrats conceded Thursday that they dont have enough votes to pass the measure during a lame duck session that ends in early 2011.

The bill would have provided a path to citizenship for immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children, then maintained a clean record of scholastic achievement and lawful behavior.

The specific requirements for qualification for citizenship under the bill include coming into the country prior to age 16, graduation from high school or GED and a clean criminal record.

Supporters of the bill say it would have provided a path to citizenship for members of society that show clear potential as productive Americans. Opponents of the DREAM act hold that it rewards illegal immigration and exacts an unacceptable burden on U.S. social services.