Rubio’s DREAM: Will it win Latinos to the GOP?

posted at 1:05 pm on April 4, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has never fully supported the DREAM Act, but he says he has always supported the idea behind it: Undocumented immigrant children don’t bear responsibility for the decision of their parents to bypass the legal immigration process, and they shouldn’t be made to bear that responsibility. Rubio wants to propose a modified version of the DREAM Act, one that won’t incentivize “chain migration,” but that also won’t relegate children to “shadow” status in this country. reports:

In an April 1 interview with liberal commentator Juan Williams on Fox News Latino, Rubio said he does not support the DREAM Act as currently drafted. But he said he would sponsor a proposal that incorporates the “idea” of helping young illegal immigrants by providing them with a special visa to allow them to stay in the country legally while waiting in line to get citizenship.

Rubio has not yet published a specific proposal of his “idea” and has only provided broad details of what the alternative DREAM Act would entail.

“I support the idea behind the DREAM Act, which is to help these young kids. I don’t support the DREAM Act as currently drafted because it allows for chain migration, because it creates a pathway to citizenship that can potentially encourage illegal immigration in the future,” Rubio told Williams.

“I do support, and I have consistently supported, even during my campaign, I’ve supported the notion that we need to accommodate these kids that, through no fault of their own, find themselves in this legal limbo,” he said.  “But we have to do it the right way. And so I’m actively engaged in working with my colleagues, and with outside groups, and with anyone who would work with me to craft a solution that helps deal with this issue, but doesn’t do it in a counter-productive way.”

It sounds as though Rubio wants to allow children in the country illegally to apply for certain types of visas — but it’s unclear whether they’d be guaranteed those visas. If their presence is guaranteed to be made legal in the United States, then it’s hard to see how Rubio’s DREAM wouldn’t still unfairly reward parents’ decision to forgo the legal immigration process. If their presence isn’t guaranteed to be made legal, then it’s hard to believe kids would apply for the visas and risk punishment for the revelation that they (and, by extension, their parents) are in the country illegally.
It seems safe to say, though, that any type of outreach on this issue couldn’t hurt the GOP’s chances with Latino voters — and that fact will probably make Rubio’s DREAM appealing to Romney and other party leaders who’ve rejected DREAM as it stands now and might welcome the opportunity to soften their stance on help for alien minors.
Neither the current version nor Rubio’s version will solve the illegal immigration problem, though. The system itself is in desperate need of reform — and the reward for tackling the issue would probably be about as great as the reward Paul Ryan has received for tackling entitlement reform. There just isn’t much political incentive to dig into the nitty gritty of the actual immigration process. Until someone does, though, the risk-reward calculus will continue to favor illegal immigration over legal immigration and, every 10 to 20 years, we’ll have to decide again how best to assimilate the immigrants who’ve entered our country illegally and managed to live and work here for years.

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We are never going to have a 100% secure border. We can secure at most 50%

If you make a 40 feet fence, business will boom for 45 feet ladders.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Jumping down from a 45-foot ladder can be hazardous to life and limb. It’s a lot easier for Border Patrol agents to catch illegal immigrants with broken legs.

Steve Z on April 5, 2012 at 9:47 AM

If you make a 40 feet fence, business will boom for 45 feet ladders.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM

[Reality intrusion…]

Ever try to carry a 45 foot ladder through desert terrain, while trying to remain hidden from border patrols?

Or are you suggesting they will receive special ninja training with magic collapsible ladders too?

I guess being a liberal means never having to deal with reality!

dominigan on April 5, 2012 at 10:05 AM

We are never going to have a 100% secure border. We can secure at most 50%

If you make a 40 feet fence, business will boom for 45 feet ladders.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM

First, just because something cannot be 100% secured, doesn’t translate into ignoring the problem completely, which is what this logic seems to imply.

Second, you misinterpret the term “secure the border”. it does not necessarily mean an impenetrable fence along the entire border. It means take efforts to actually try and secure the border, plus take actions to make it less enticing for illegals to come to America, such as get rid of sanctuary cities, allow local law enforcement to check citizenship status of arrestees and traffic stops, require hospitals to check on residency status, allow schools to do the same, enforce strongly against employers who hire illegals, and fix the system that does things like “catch and release” and allows people who have deportation orders against them to disappear.

If you do those things, a large number of illegals already here will leave and less will be trying to get in.

But nice straw man arguments.

Monkeytoe on April 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM

We are never going to have a 100% secure border. We can secure at most 50%

If you make a 40 feet fence, business will boom for 45 feet ladders.

liberal4life on April 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Since liberal education is what it is, wrong and based on wrong ideas, let me ask you a few simple things. Ever hear of Israel? The place that deals with much severe border issues than we do? Those walls they built seem to be pretty efficient, aren’t they? Where there is a will, there is a way.

BTW, since either your reading comprehension or reading skills are at fault, or both actually judging by your idiotic posts on this blog, can you please remind us what is it that Mexico does on its Southern border trying to keep illegals entering their own country? Shouldn’t they start patrolling the Northern border as well since they are so concerned with illegals?

Liberalism is more than a desease. Its stupidity elevated to the Nth power…

riddick on April 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Since 2010, California has LOST about 200,000 “undocumented workers”.

crosspatch on April 4, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Out of the estimated 6-7 million? Did anyone even notice these 200K leave?

riddick on April 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

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