Numbers USA, which wants to reduce the number of legal and illegal immigrants, provided talking points to their nearly 1 million members.
"It is downright appalling that you are working on a DREAM Act amnesty. There is no difference between giving illegal aliens citizenship and giving them an amnesty. They would still be able to compete against unemployed Americans for jobs! You need to drop this plan presto!" the group said.
Roy Beck, president of Numbers USA, said the bill was "just a slower motion amnesty than the DREAM Act that was defeated in December 2010."
"For the pro-amnesty, open borders crowd, the DREAM (Act) is their most compelling case," Beck said in an interview. "So what you've got is some Republicans who feel like somehow they'd like to take that off the table. And frankly if Rubio were to put one of these things other there, and then it's the Democrats that kill it, it could potentially hurt the Democrats."http://www.chron.com/news/article/Rubio-s-immigration-push-a-potential-lift-for-GOP-3488875.php#page-1
By Donna Cassata in Associated Press, Houston Chronicle
Updated: Tue, Apr 17th 2012 @ 5:23pm EDT