Navarrette: GOP version of Dream Act holds promise
April 5th, 2012
09:16 AM ET
10 years ago

Navarrette: GOP version of Dream Act holds promise

Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist

San Diego (CNN) - You may have heard that a group of Republicans in Congress - including GOP rock star and possible vice presidential pick Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida - are getting ready to introduce their version of the DREAM Act.You also may have heard that Democratic lawmakers and liberal advocacy groups despise the Republican alternative and derisively label it "DREAM Act Lite."

As someone who has written about immigration for more than 20 years and hammered Democrats and Republicans (including Rubio) when appropriate, I call the GOP approach to the DREAM Act something else: A common sense solution. It could break a stalemate and improve millions of lives. And it could only be opposed for ugly partisan reasons.


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  1. GOP Doubling Down on Fascism

    I hope the bill fails because it's completely watered down just like the STOCK Act was completely watered down. Have any reason why all of a sudden the GOBP are trying to pass legislation? This is nothing but politics. They haven't done anything since they took control of the House except cause us to lose our AAA credit rating.

    April 5, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rubio is an anchor baby as well. I wonder if Mittens expects him to self deport himself back to Cuba.

    April 5, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. Dave

    Here is my dream act. Stop Mitt Romney & the Big Oil companies that have bought & paid for him to reverse his decision if elected to office to send 100 % of the supply from the Keystone to other markets once in office. This guy has a shot to win because he is going to do everything in his power to REPRESS the vote in Florida, Ohio, & all the other key swing states. He dont care how he gets to be Prez, he really dont. If he did he wont talk about the REPRESSION of votes & voices of the Elderly & minority voters. He will SEVERLY cheat all up in this election & do whatever it takes to win. We need to support our Prez on keeping 100 % of the Keystone , once finished supply to stay in AMERICA!!!

    April 5, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    yeah..I wanna see all the GOP'ers (aka xenophobes) that line up for this one!!

    April 5, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. Alpha Nu

    How is this even called the dream act lite? It should be called killing-the-dream act.
    Ruben was a hack when he wrote for the SD Tribune; too bad CNN gave him an opportunity to regurgitate his garbage on their website.

    April 5, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Mikey

    I would hope the Dems can support reasonable legislation no matter where it originates. The devil may be in the details, however. The House has passed a bunch of bills recently that have titles like "The Motherhood and Apple Pie Act of 2012", but would be more fairly titled "The Scrooge and Marley Act to Harm Most Americans". Also, bi-partisan support of reasonable legislation must be a two-way street. The GOP Congress of "not only no, but hel! no!" needs to play nice, too. It is hard for the Dems to support legislation proposed by a party that has literally stated that their "Number one goal is to make Barack Obama a one-term President." That attitude IS the problem.

    April 5, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Tony

    You accuse Democrats who oppose the Republican version of the Dream Act of play politics. You are a Republican who care about the immigration issue, unlike most of your colleagues, who only care about the issue every two years. Your colleagues bring up illegal immigration every time there is an election, and fail to do anything about it the rest of the time. You should know better. The reason most Latinos support Democrats, even though Latinos are socially conservative, is that they know who are out to get them for political gains.

    April 5, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. gg

    i hate to see how much of the middle class is left ,after the republicans latest dream

    April 5, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. DOG1

    So the concept is to be able to keep the immigrants here legally but not necessarily ot ever become citizens, sort of like always being subject to being deported in the future. The underlying concept of this plan seems to be one that I sense in alot of in Republican ideas. Find a way to keep the immigrant labor force here but make sure they aren't legal citizens, that way they will continue to be a source of labor that will work harder and longer for alot less money and keep those corporate profits high. The ideal picture of this country in the mind of corporate america and the political party they own is one where the vast majority of Americans are extremely low wage workers like China and India etc. During the last term of GWBush I heard an interview with one of his economic advisors who stated, "Americans need to learn to work for less money!". And then, there's Newt's idea to use school children as janitors because they're cheaper than union janitors! Kinda makes you wonder what the republicans really think the American dream really is, doesn't it?

    April 5, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "But for others [Democratcs], it is likely that their vote was a political calculation."

    Followed by...

    "Rubio is attached to the bill, and, in fact, seems to have been put front and center by Republican colleagues such as Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas."

    And yet, somehow, Rubio being placed "front and center" isn't a "political calculation" by the GOP/Teatrolls in Navarette's biased mind. Rather, he spins the fact that the GOP/Teatrolls have placed Rubio "front and center" on the issue into support for his faulty premise that Democrats are merely making "political calculations" and have no justification for their positions. Good on ya, Rubin. Now, take your Dramamine...spin like that can't possibly fail to make a man nauseous.

    April 5, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Cubans are the only group that are put on a 1-year fast track to citzenship. The only group. To have someone like Rubio, who lied about his own family history to garner sympathy, putting forth a bill that does not even offer citizenship to these people while his own political base continues to enjoy special status ( courtesy of the Cold War) is insulting to everyone who emmigrated legally. My parents went through the legal immigration process, and I want others to be able to emmigrate here legally as much as possible, but to have an obvious token introduce a bill that will not significantly help others to become legal citizens here while his own ethnic group continues to enjoy favored status is a typical nauseating rightie ploy to appear like they really care about solving problems surrounding illegal immigration. Its nothing more than typical rightie election year tactics, and as soon as the election is over they will revert back to their nativist type.

    April 5, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Dave

    They are all human beings who should have a shot at the AMERICAN DREAM. Who among us did not have ancestors as Immigrants.

    April 5, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Sniffit

    And hey, let's not beat around the bush here. Rubin's article dovetails completely with Mittens' new spin on his own immigration positions. See, overwhelming polling evidence shows that Mittens' play for the extreme right positions during the primary on the immigration issue has very much alienated him from the Latino voting populace. The truth is, this really can't be repaired in time for him to attempt to lure Latino voters into his camp, away from Obama. This is why Mittens has recently turned to the tactic of trying to suppress Latino turnout instead. His talking points have very much shifted to "hey, Latinos, the Dems didn't enact the DREAM Act and haven't done anything for you lately, so why bother voting?" He just told a crowd on Monday that immigration “has always been a priority for the president he chooses to do nothing about" and had Paul Ryan regurgitating talking points prior to the WI primary that made essentially the same implicit argument. What it really represents is a cynical recognition that Mittens can't beat Obama for the Latino vote, so he's going to do everything he can to dissuade them from voting by selling them a heapin' helpin' of disillusionment. We saw the same thing in 2010 in places like Nevada, where a conservative front group pushed spanish-language advertisements that told the Latino population that neither party cares about Latinos. Rubin is dutifully selling the same line of malarky here on behalf of the GOP/Teatrolls he favors. One might wonder just how intentional the dovetail really is.

    April 5, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. American

    While the writer notes a lite dismissal from one side, he fails to note it will likely be Rubio's own party that will derisively label it "amnesty" again, as the base constantly does with any attempts at immigration reform.

    Please remember the Dream Act was originally promoted by Republicans until its extreme base rallied unjustly in opposition again with their xenophobic rhetoric against the Hispanic communities.

    Many Americans would like to think this case may be different but will wait & see considering the recent history.

    April 5, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Sniffit

    And hey, Rubin, you want "political calculations"? How about the political calculation that shows TX received 4 more representatives in Conrgess as a result of massive growth in the hispanic population in TX, which grew 90% between 2000 the and 2010 and accounts for the vast majority of the population growth that resulted in TX receiving 4 more representatives? How about TX's response to this in terms of blatantly, as shown in emails between GOPer state representatives, using the redistricting process to try to attenuate how very purple that population's growth is making TX? You give away the conservative political farm by raising the argument that Dems are somehow just trying to give themselves new loyal voters by providing a sane pathway to citizenship for people who, for all intents and purposes, are citizens in all but name...who live and work and raise families here, are counted when it comes to determining the distribution of representation, but who ARE NOT BEING GIVEN A VOICE. TX provides the true story behind why GOPers/Teatrolls are desperately trying to hold off the coming tide of brown citizenry for as long as possible. It's not that Dems are just looking for new loyal voters...because the data and soundly reasoned arguments outside of your myopic characrterization support providing a saner path to citizenship. No no. The real story is that the GOP is deathly afraid of these potential new voters, as you indicate by tipping their hand, and is in the middle of an existential crisis kicked off by the election of a black man by a vast majority of minority and youth voters during a time when studies keep coming out showing that white won't be a majority in Amurika for very much longer. You're just carrying their water.

    April 5, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Independent Voters

    The republican are desperate to Latino votes and they are not going to fall for this Dream Act. Rubio does not speak for latin american he would say anything to get latino votes.

    April 5, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. RealityBites

    Careful now Ruben..., you are working for a collaberating news network.

    April 5, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Of course the Republican solution is a common sense solution, as are many of their solutions. But common sense and Democrats are like vinegar and water. If they don't support this solution it will be very clear they're only using this topic for divisive political advantage. First Obama uses our own tax money to buy voters and now the Democrats want to use one of our most precious items, citizenship, to buy Latino votes. And then of course, the Demorcats selling out to the unions and trial lawyers is legendary. Yes, with the Democrats, EVERYTHING is up for sale if it comes to getting a vote.

    April 5, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. rightytighty

    Funny to see how quick an illogical progressive lines up to eat his own kind...., socialism at its best.

    April 5, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. lili

    truth you wouldn't know the truth if it bit you in the ass. Just another watered down bill repos float to help chances in Nov. Not buying this . Obama 2012

    April 5, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. demwit

    A Navarrette ruse?
    Hold up a common sense Republican solution and then slam it for special media effects.., latino style??
    How much is ur credibility worth Ruben?? Seems likely ull lose some of it on this one, no matter which way you turn.
    Surprising, considering todays jouralistic standards..

    April 5, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    "You may have heard that a group of Republicans in Congress – including GOP rock star and possible vice presidential pick Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida – are getting ready to introduce their version of the DREAM Act"

    Let me guess ... begin by writting a book full of lies? GOP Public Policy 101 – Chapter One: How To Lie and Lie Again. Guaranteed bestseller. Just ask Palin, Bachmann, Cantor, Ryan, Rubio, Pence, Daniels and a whole slew of other GOP "rock stars" how it works.

    April 5, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |