November 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Under political pressure to take action on immigration reform, three Republican senators introduced an alternative version of the Dream Act on Tuesday that would give legal status for young immigrants brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children. The effort, called the Achieve Act and launched by retiring senators Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and supported by Arizona senator John McCain, appears to be a push to take some of the heat off of Republicans on immigration.
June 20, 2012
When the Obama administration decided last week to temporarily suspend the deportation of some young undocumented immigrants, Republicans in Congress threw a fit, complaining that such decisions should be made by Congress, not by unilateral presidential action. But what else was President Obama to do? Republicans have long had the ability to legislate a lasting fix to the problem but have repeatedly failed to do so. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been crafting a conservative version of the so-called Dream Act, immediately criticized the president for "going around Congress," and he told the Wall Street Journal that he would not proceed with his own bill because of the administration's decision to act first.
May 20, 2012
Re "Court takes up bid of illegal immigrant to be attorney," May 17 Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who passed the State Bar of California exams to practice law, is a perfect example of someone who would benefit from a federal Dream Act. Not only is he a model citizen, he's a smart one too. Why should this young man wait up to 15 years to become legal and then a lawyer? He should be admitted to the bar now, and a certificate of citizenship should be attached.
June 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Part-time college student Ray Jose arrived at Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin's office this week with an overriding goal: To convince the West Virginia Democrat to back off his proposal to stiffen the educational requirements in the Dream Act section of the bipartisan immigration bill. The Dream Act is among the more popular, and less contested, parts of the Senate immigration overhaul - a provision that would allow young people who were brought to the United States as minors to receive green cards more swiftly if they serve in the military or attend college.
September 20, 2010 |
The chances that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can deliver on his promise to move the so-called DREAM Act toward passage in the Senate this week range from slim to none. But the announcement that it would be added as an amendment to the Defense Department authorization bill has energized pro-immigrant groups, even as it underlines the fact that there'll be no comprehensive immigration reform any time in the near future. Not this year, certainly, and probably not next year either.
January 24, 2012 |
Despite entrenched opposition in Congress to immigration reform, President Obama in the State of the Union speech asked both chambers to resurrect the Dream Act, a bill that would create a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants who are college students and military service members. He also encouraged lawmakers to increase the number of visas for highly skilled immigrants, many of whom complete graduate degrees in the U.S. but are not authorized to work here. The U.S. currently awards about 140,000 highly skilled visas per year.