The Hill is reporting that a small group of Republican Senators are drafting an alternate version of the DREAM Act that would allow illegal aliens who attend college or enter the military to receive an amnesty. According to The Hill, the key difference between the Republican version and the Democrat version that failed in both 2007 and 2010 in the Senate is that the legislation would not provide citizenship to illegal aliens. Instead, it would provide a renewable visa.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has been connected to the legislation, but didn't offer any specifics when asked by The Hill.
"I don’t have any specifics to announce yet," said Sen. Rubio. "This stuff has to be done responsibly. We’re working toward that and hopefully very soon."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned that any DREAM-like legislation offered by Republicans would be watered down and vowed not to support it.
"While you’re here in town, don’t take the bait that will be given to you by my Republican friends," Sen. Reid told a group of Hispanic business leaders on Capitol Hill. "I’m going to do everything in my power to stop a watered-down version of the DREAM Act," he said. "That’s what they’re pushing now."
Sen. Rubio has said he opposes the DREAM Act introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). But thinks there are other ways to help the children who were brought illegally to the U.S. by their parents.
"I do think there is another way to deal with this," he said. "And I think that one of the debates that we need to begin to have is a difference between citizenship and legalization.
"You can legalize someone’s status in this country with a significant amount of certainty about their future without placing them on a path toward citizenship, and I think that is something that we can find consensus on," he said.
For more information, see the full story in The Hill.
Updated: Tue, Mar 27th 2012 @ 5:51pm EDT