Marco Rubio Working on New Version of the Dream Act
Just in time for the fall election, Sen. Marco Rubio and other Republicans are reportedly working on their own version of the DREAM Act.
Polls show Republicans are having trouble getting Hispanic votes, largely because of rhetoric coming from the Republican primary race.
Republicans have opposed the version of the DREAM Act proposed by President Obama and Senate Democrats. It would allow certain young people to become citizens if they have a clean record and are furthering their education or going into the military.
Rubio hasn't announced what his version of the DREAM Act would do. But he hinted at it during a recent interview, according to The Hill:
Rubio entered the immigration debate earlier this month during an interview with Geraldo Rivera when he hinted at possible common ground for moving forward. Rubio said the DREAM Act has “a series of problems” as now drafted. “I do think there is another way to deal with this,” he said. “And I think that one of the debates that we need to begin to have is a difference between citizenship and legalization. “You can legalize someone’s status in this country with a significant amount of certainty about their future without placing them on a path toward citizenship, and I think that is something that we can find consensus on,” he said.
Rubio is being mentioned as a possible vice presidential nominee for Mitt Romney. He's said he's not interested...but he's taken a number of steps recently that could clear the way for him accept the nomination.