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!
“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”
Well, Marco, when do they become at ‘fault’? After they get caught?
They are criminals from the day they entered, send them home, all of them, that is the compassionate thing to do, for them and all of us taxpayers who support them.
ALL Illegals are rounded up, prosecuted, and sentenced to a MINIMUM of 2 years in a Maximum Security, NO-FRILLS prison, OR, they can head back to the Motherland in lieu, thereof, AND, take the deposited offspring with ya....(just because a Foreigner drops a baby in the USA when visiting ILLEGALLY, does NOT MEAN they are automatically U.S. Citizens...that's the stupidest interpretation of the Constitution EVER MADE.
He likes crapping in his own nest, I guess. Without debating the merits of the substance, it seems like a really stupid thing to take up when people on our side are rightfully incensed about a lot of different things government does being in stateful derangement, immigration being one of them.
Rubio = RINO. Just say no to Rubio. He’s biting the hand that fed him.
You must be dreaming in lala land if you truly believe it will come down like that.
Reagan tried to do this in the 1980s and all it did was entice more to come here.
It is ALWAYS enticement when those who break the law are not suffering the consequences of their actions. Period.
Spin it like you wish, this is clearly not what the majority of Americans(as well as those who seek the legal way to enter this country) support.
Here’s your “lala” NOT a DREAM approach:
1-Close the Border
2-Fire current INS management and incentivise new mgmt.
3-Close a couple other Federal agencies and reallocate to INS.
4-Enforce employer sanctions for those with illegal workers.
5-Initiate strong deportation policy.
6-Enact Rubios recommendations.
“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.”
Until these children reach age 18 they are under the subversion & guidance of their parents and does not matter what the kids think or want to do.It’s irrelevant, the parents put them in this predicament than have the parents arrested for child abuse.The message is parents it’s ok to break the laws, we will reward you with free college educations for your kids and you parents will never be held accountable for breaking our laws.
I tried to warn a lot of Consevative folks I know about Rubio. No one believed me. They all said hes 100% Conservative I said no. I said he was a Latino first. La Raza will always come first with him.
And some people want him to be POTUS! geez.
Weak minded people are easily swayed and easy to stampede.
Rubio—still ineligible to be POTUS or VPOTUS.
Stupid ideas and all.
I’d say also that rather than allowing those who are willing to break the law by bringing them ahead of the line, we do the exact opposite.
Make them the last we will ever consider to become a citizen of our country.
Oh BTW, I would also add voting ID’s everwhere. That includes the nut cases in CA, where a lot of the illegals here came from originally.
THEY ARE NOT GOING TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE!!!
They are getting in the BACK OF THE LINE, albeit, with a more efficient and motivated INS.
Voter ID is an overarching need, independent of illegal immigration.
there is no way someone who breaks the law gets a pass.
An spin it as you like, they are getting a pass.
Oh...the kids broke the law?
Where you going to shoot them here, or bus them home?
Since they are not adults, they are under the direction of their parents.
Their parents broke the law.
There are laws in this country.
A country that allows its laws to be broken will itself be broken.
you are on the wrong side of most Americans on this one.
YOU are on the wrong side of reality on this one.
I just emailed a blue dart off to him....you may have seen it streaking past your window trailing flames.
Of all the stupid things to do it's to release a dumb proposal shortly before the November election....a divisive bit of chicanery being released in a key electoral state, UNBELIEVABLE !
I'm in shock over his self-centered initiative which is guaranteed to cause division and hurt his own party's chances in the election.
.....and he is supposed to be the newbie Latino Einstein of the GOP.....maybe more like that so-called "wise Latina" on the Supreme Court.
You have my sympathy for the brain-clog you are experiencing.
Just showing his true colors.
Bottom line...we need a new conservative party that has principles, ethics and a signed contract for anyone representing the conservative party.
YOU want to ship 20 million people out of the country, and “I” am the one with the “brain clog”?????
Sigh: those who remain ignorant of history will never learn anything.
Read about Operation Wetback http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Wetback
Virtually all those affected left voluntarily rather than be in your words, “shipped back”.
Evil people spread lies like yours. Seems you are nothing but a race-baiting monger.
Oh...Jim..he called me “evil”...ohhhh....
Rubio did an excellent job of outlining his plan, this a.m. on Laura’s show. He acknowledged area that require further work.
If you were literate, you would have read in my initial post, the steps necessary to make this work.
An obvious result of imposing penalties on employers is the self deportation aspect.
You’ll pardon me if I don’t follow your lead by referring to racist programs and their related propaganda, just because they may have the wikipedia stamp of approval.
The key elements of Rubio’s plan involve the use of “non-imigrant visas” for students who were minors at the time of their arrival. It DOES NOT move them to the front of any line. In fact it moves them to the back of the line.
At the same time it addresses critical improvements to the legal immigration process, which can take over 5 years with the current broken system.
Nice to see you’re so opposed to character assasination and name calling, that you’re motivated to maintain a substantive discussion on the merits.
Thus, I’m through wasting my time with you.
As I said, you have my sympathy on recovering from your obvious problems.