Marco Rubio Insists DREAM Act has problems

marco_rubio_dream.jpgMarco 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."

Conversely, Mitt Romney, who Rubio has recently endorsed, labeled the same law just that -- a "model for the nation."

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  • James MacPherson
    commented 2012-04-07 22:31:40 -0700
    Bullshit! save money for your child’s education , why should the taxpayers/government pay for something , the rest of Plan for!
  • Luis Moreno
    published this page in On Campus 2012-04-02 14:29:32 -0700