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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Rubio's DREAM Act Proposal Already Being Panned

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I've received press releases from several pro-immigration groups tearing in to Rubio as well as a scathing statement from the anti-immigrant Federation for American Immigration Reform. And Harry Reid has already said he won't consider a "watered down" bill. To be fair, no one yet knows the details. But the general assumption is that it will not offer much. I'm guessing it will focus on military service. Readers of this column know that I support piecemeal immigration reform measures since the political environment for comprehensive reform is dismal. So if the Rubio bill is a positive one, just not as broad as many would like, I will support it. Not so many years ago, members of both parties would come together and compromise rather than filibuster or otherwise kill every bill offered by the other party. If Rubio's bill is offered in the spirit of compromise, I will consider that a positive development.

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  1. Another Voice's Avatar
    Rubio is Cuban and thus represents a minority within the Latino community, a minority that is not affected by the Immigration debate(they have no dog in the fight). If he wants pander to the right while at the same time trying to appear some what beneficial to Latinos, it will back fire on him. Not only will the rest of the Latino community will feel offended that he is still a sell out, he will seems out of touch(sort of the Latino Romney). My sense is that this will only will make most Latinos mad and will not attract them to the republican party. Compromise is the last thing they will see out of this proposal.... specially coming from and out of touch guy!!! This is not like CIR meaning the whole enchilada or nothing, but DREAM is a pretty middle of the road proposal, the fact that a Latino wants to water it down and deny other Latinos citizenship is not a compromise at all, not for Latinos anyway.
  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    American Apartheid? The Republican "Dream" Scheme

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-b-keegan/american-apartheid-the-re_b_1388146.html?ref=latino-voices&ir=Latino+Voices
  3. USC's Avatar
    I agree with you Greg. This bill should be supported as it legalizes the Dreamers. The issue of citizenship can be addressed at sometime in the future.
  4. gg's Avatar
    First of all dreamers have no basis for asking for legalization or citizenship as per current laws. So it is not for them to decide what is best for them. Having said that I am not anti-dreamer but more a realist. Right now a majority section of the Republican party wants to make life hell for all immigrants and on the other hand we have Democrats who make empty promises and are always looking to play immigration with Republicans for the sake of votes. In this scenario any talk of legalizing dreamers should be welcome. It is first important for them to get right with the law and go on with their lives. When temperatures cool down and economy picks up enough steam they can easily get their wishes fulfilled. After all legal immigrants wait for decades to get a Green Card. Ideally I would like Congress to create a probationary visa valid for 10yrs that they can use for study or work depending on their situation as many dreamers are now 30+ and are done with school.
  5. Jack's Avatar
    Rubio looks like more of a Florida play as opposed to a national Latin American vote play. Susana Martinez has more appeal in that regard, has potential appeal to women voters due to her legal background with children's issues, and is also from a swing state (albeit one with few electoral votes). BUT, has a short tenure as governor (like Palin). 2016 seems to make more sense for her. Her pro-immigration enforcement issue is one of the most popular (no driver licenses).
  6. Sa's Avatar
    Republicans are just trying to muddy the waters with their bills to provide cover to Romney who will come and say he will sign Rubio's Scheme into law. I think Democrats will never bring this bill to vote if they think it will pass the house.
  7. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "First of all dreamers have no basis for asking for legalization or citizenship as per current laws."

    Many of them have US citizen brothers and sisters, and I would assume the great majority will end up getting married to Americans. It will not guarantee immigration of course, but with a potential eligibility category, they do have some barganing chips.
  8. Sa's Avatar
    "Many of them have US citizen brothers and sisters, and I would assume the great majority will end up getting married to Americans. It will not guarantee immigration of course, but with a potential eligibility category, they do have some barganing chips."

    If legalization (No path to citizenship) is the best they can get under present circumstances with the "bargain chips" they have , they should take it . They can always come back and ask for more later when they get more clout via their citizen kids.
  9. USC's Avatar
    Greg, I see that you have deleted the post from the hate poster. You might want to delete my post as well, as I cited his post in full. Sorry about that.
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