Senator Marco Rubio met with Senator Robert Menendez, Representative Charles Gonzales and Representative Luis Gutierrez to discuss Rubio’s plan for a new proposed version of the Dream Act.
Rubio’s version, unlike the version that Democrats have introduced in the Senate which would provide qualified young individuals with a clear path to permanent legal residency or citizenship, would only go as far as granting non-immigrant visas to children of undocumented parents who were brought here at a young age.
“This notion that somehow Republicans want to have it both ways, they want to vote against these laws and appeal to anti-immigrant sentiment… and then they come and say, ‘But we really care about these kids and we want to do something about it’ — that looks like hypocrisy to me,” says President Barack Obama.
The version of the Dream Act currently in the Senate, referred to as ‘Dream Act 2011’, has no Republican co-sponsors. Dream Act 2010 was the last bill of its kind with bi-partisan backing.
An e-mail from Gutierrez mentioned that after the meeting he was “feeling optimistic” that Rubio and Democrats will continue their discussion.