Luis Gutierrez could support ‘watered-down’ Dream Act
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) is willing to support a “Dream Act”-style bill from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) even if it’s “watered-down” and doesn’t give a path to citizenship, he told Fox News Latino in an interview published on Monday.
“If it stops the deportation, and doesn’t exclude them from becoming citizens,” he said. “It doesn’t stop that from happening, yes. And I think we can arrange, arrive at that.”
Rubio had yet to release a specific proposal, but plans to unveil a bill within a few weeks that would provide legal status to some undocumented young people who entered the United States as parents. His plan, like the decade-old Dream Act supported by most Democrats, would be aimed at those who agreed to attend college or join the military.
But Rubio has said his legislation will have one key difference: unlike the Democrats’ bill, which would put those eligible on a path to citizenship, he has said he would grant legal status, but not a special route to becoming citizens. That measure prevents the bill from being “amnesty,” according to Republicans.
Gutierrez supports the Democrats’ Dream Act, but has met with Rubio to discuss what the senator’s plan will be. The congressman, along with Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas), attended a private meeting with Rubio on April 25 to discuss the matter.
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