Others have suggested this, but we're now hearing that Majority Leader Reid is looking at trying to get a DREAM Act vote before the November election. According to Roll Call (subscription required):
In an interview with La Opinion, the Nevada Democrat said he is largely leaving it up to reform advocates to tell him when a comprehensive bill is no longer viable and that the Senate should instead move to the narrower DREAM Act.
After backers of a comprehensive bill say “that they feel we cannot get [comprehensive immigration reform] done this year — and the reason why we cannot do it, it’s because we don’t have a single Republican — then I would like to figure out when can we do the DREAM Act. I would like to do it before the elections,” Reid told La Opinion.
I'm ready to tell Reid today that CIR is not viable at this point and that we should look at smaller measures - DREAM, legal immigration reform, AgJobs, etc. - in the near term. CIR will eventually be necessary, but we're farther away from the necessary votes than we've been in some time.