Rep. David Rivera
Rep. David Rivera

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Rep. David Rivera (R-Florida) introduced a bill that would give a path to citizenship exclusively to young people who served in the military. 

Rivera's plan, Adjusted Residency for Military Service Act-the ARMS Act, is a military-only variation of the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act, which failed to pass the Senate last year, would grant legal status to some children of illegal immigrants who were brought here illegally by their parents.

 Two presidential candidates- Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney- support the military-only aspect of the DREAM Act. 

Romney had previously said he’d veto the DREAM Act, but has recently endorsed the portion of the legislation that gives young people a path to citizenship in return for military service.

Rivera said he did add some measures to the ARMS Act, including a provision that requires applicants to have been in the country since before they turned 16 and to live in the U.S. for five consecutive years. 

The ARMS Act does not ensure automatic residency, Rivera told The Miami Herald. To be considered for the program, applicants would need to meet a set of preliminary criteria such as demonstrate good moral conduct and a record of service in the United States military.

For the full story, read The Miami Herald .    

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