Poll: Latinos want DREAM Act with citizenship
Latino voters prefer a DREAM Act that promises citizenship, and they are not keen on an alternative DREAM Act proposed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, according to a new poll.
The poll, from Latino Decisions, shows 87 percent support among Latinos for Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin’s version of the DREAM Act and 49 percent support for Republican Rubio’s version.
The Durbin version would allow for permanent legal residence, creating a potential path to citizenship. Rubio’s would provide temporary legal status for illegal immigrant youth who go to college or serve in the U.S. military.
DREAM stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors.
Rubio pointed out in a Fox News interview that Durbin’s DREAM Act has failed twice to get enough support.
“The first problem with the DREAM Act is we can’t get 60 votes for it in the Senate,” Rubio said. “The second thing is the DREAM Act itself has certain things that lead to that opposition. For example it would allow for chain migration. So not only are the kids going to be helped but they can use that position to bring in their relatives. That could be 3-4 million people, so that raises red flags.”
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