Marco Rubio Insists DREAM Act has problems
Marco Rubio leads efforts to draft up an alternative, and watered down version of the DREAM Act. In an interview with Juan Williams, Rubio argued that the current DREAM Act is not getting sixty votes because of fundamentally flawed provisions in the current proposal that could encourage illegal "chain migration."
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via Huffington Post
In an interview with Juan Williams on Sunday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio explained that he doesn't support The DREAM Act --- a measure supported by 90% of U.S. Latinos -- because it would encourage "chain migration" and illegal immigration.
The DREAM Act, if passed, would provide a path towards citizenship to some undocumented immigrants who have served in the military or attended college, and came to the U.S. at a young age.
While Rubio says he'd like to find a bipartisan solution to allow some undocumented youth to stay, including a Florida high school valedictorian who faced deportation, he doesn't offer specifics as to how his solution would be any different than the DREAM Act.
"What I want to do is figure something out to help people like her, in that situation, that is bipartisan, that unites us, that can get the sixty votes, but that doesn't have some of the problems that the DREAM Act, as currently drafted has," Rubio said.
Rubio adds that he'd like to overhaul the visa program and "modernize the legal immigration system." He also notes that he doesn't see Arizona's harsh immigration law as a "model for the country."