Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Washington – Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate are preparing a version of the DREAM Act to legalize undocumented students as a type of "lure" to capture the Hispanic vote in November.
Although no details of the prospective bill have filtered out, Sen. Marco Rubio is working along with other Republicans on an "alternative version" of the DREAM Act, which became stalled in the Senate in 2010.
Rubio told the daily The Hill that for now there is nothing new to announce but that his goal is to arrive at a "responsible" solution to the presence of undocumented immigrants in the United States and announce it "quickly."
In remarks to Efe, a spokesman for Rubio, Alex Burgos, said Tuesday that the Florida senator "wants to help these young people and do it in a more limited way than the DREAM Act would do."
"He will continue working with his colleagues to achieve a bipartisan solution," Burgos added.
Rubio said in a March 1 interview with Efe that he is maintaining his commitment to achieving a bipartisan solution to illegal immigration.
Among the possible ideas he is weighing, he said at that time, is creating "a student visa so that they can stay to finish their studies until they can apply legally."
Without citing any names, Rubio also complained that some politicians, instead of conducting a bipartisan dialogue, are only seeking to use the problem of undocumented immigrants "as a political weapon in November."