Skip to comments.Rubio hopes to pass DREAM Act alternative by end of summer
Posted on 05/07/2012 11:15:27 AM PDT by Theoria
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) aims to have his alternative to the DREAM Act proposal on paper in the next few weeks and passed by the end of the summer.
"Our goal is to pass something this summer in time for kids who plan to go to school this fall," Rubio press secretary Alex Conant said Monday.
Rubio's proposal would provide non-immigrant visas to illegal immigrants' children who attend college or serve in the military.
"So just like lots of people come to the United States on work visas or on student visas or tourism visas or whatever, this would be a non-immigrant visa, so it would be a temporary one," Conant said. "It wouldn't be permanent. But the intent here is if they choose to remain in the United States permanently that they could apply for permanent residence just like any other immigrant would."
Rubio's proposal is an alternative to the Democrat-backed DREAM Act, sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. when they were young and then go to college or serve in the military.
Conant said Rubio's legislation would not mean the immigrants would be deported after their visa runs out.
"They could apply for permanent residence after a certain amount of time without having to return to their country of origin," Conant said. "They'd be like any other immigrant except that they could wait while they're in the United States. The Democrats' DREAM Act doesn't have them leaving the country but, as I said, it creates a special pathway for them."
Rubio's office does not yet have an estimate on how many new visas would be issued under the proposal. Conant said it depends on what the qualifying age for the visas in the legislation will be.
A day earlier, Rubio defended the proposal against criticism that it was a form of amnesty.
"We use the existing immigration system to deal with a humanitarian issue. And that is these children who entered this country illegally or have overstayed visas illegally, through no fault of their own," Rubio said on Fox News Sunday. "These are children, they follow their parents. The parents put them in this predicament."
These stupid Republicans just try to find ways not to win.
Any true conservative would not propose this as it makes it seem there is no diff between conservative and a lib.
Even Mexican Americans do not want illegal amnesty to occur.
Apples are oranges in this case. All but the most willfully obtuse know it.
Another “Compassionate Conservative”?
How about some compassion for legal citizens and immigrants who are here legally?
I don’t have to worry about romney picking rubio as his running mate. Really, what a selfish thing to do now, to push his divisive goal onto the national agenda at a time like this. This is as disgusting as the lack of self-control shown by romney’s gay ex-foreign-affairs spokesman.
Ears painted on?
This is NOT “illegal amnesty”!
Rubio spoke to your concerns Sunday on Fox.
Say what. Isn't this being here FOREVER?
Yes it is.
Yeah.More like move to the front of the line reward for illegal status
So what is Rubio’s “Dream Act alternative” for European Americans?
After all, a country just can’t have TOO MANY people running around waving worthless diplomas, paid for with taxpayer dollars, who are whining that they can’t find a job.
” ... as I said, it creates a special pathway for them.”
My dream is to retire these open-border traitors.
All we need is to add one more magnet for the invaders.
Hey, Rubio, do us a favor—how about concentrating on methods to get the invaders deported before you start “dreaming” up new magnets to draw more illegals here?
Here we go again.
Saint Marco’s wings are melting before your eyes.
No experience, not eligible, been there done that.
“Our goal is to pass something this summer in time for kids who plan to go to school this fall,” Rubio press secretary Alex Conant said Monday.
Rubio’s proposal would provide non-immigrant visas to illegal immigrants’ children who attend college or serve in the military.
“kids” “children”: illegal aliens themselves.
Then they turn around and sponsor their lawbreaking parents, who bring in their shirt-tail relatives—so that then these new citizens start taking in their illegal friends, as they were sheltered, and begin renting out closet space to invaders in the next wave.
It’s bud-nippin’ time, and I’m hoping Dick “DREAM Act” Luger realizes it in about 26 hours while Rubio has painted an `ojo del toro’ on himself. Go Go GOPee!
Rubio is anathema to me. Shame, I used to like him but he is a RINO like the rest of them.
Rubio needs to be primaried in next Senate Election. His Hispandering and McCain like interventionism is just the tip of the iceberg on this statist tool Rubio!