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Rumored Legislation Must Do More Than Tone Down Rhetoric

March 30, 2012

Washington, D.C. — As several media outlets have reported this week, Republicans in both the House and Senate are trying to develop legislation that would help address some, but not all, of the undocumented youth whom the DREAM Act would affect. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum.

“Over the past week the chatter has been about potential Republican legislation serving the needs and interests of undocumented youth. To be clear, the parameters that have been outlined in various press accounts make it clear this is not the historically bipartisan DREAM Act. The legislation Sen. Dick Durbin has long championed, committed to the legalization, service and citizenship of undocumented youth, is, in our opinion, the only DREAM Act.

“However, it is good to see Senate Republicans work to tone down their party’s anti-immigrant rhetoric. The measure of their success will be twofold: Will the legislation they propose keep families together, allow a significant number of undocumented youth to serve in the armed forces or attain higher education, and keep the door open for them to become Americans? And, will the legislation garner support from across the Republican caucus — particularly the House Republican leadership — or merely expose deep divides?
“America cannot afford election-year shenanigans from either party when it comes to our broken immigration system. The status quo is undermining our economy, separating families and stressing our financial bottom line.”

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