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Dream Act supporters plan ads in Florida



UPDATE: The organizers said it would be radio and print ads and Sen. George LeMieux would be the focus in Florida. Here's a sample of the radio ad.

Supporters of the Dream Act will announce today plans for a "six figure" ad buy in Florida and four other states to urge lawmakers to drop their opposition. Democratic leaders say they want to bring it up for vote during the lame duck session.

The Dream Act — formally known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act — would create a path to citizenship for youths brought to the United States illegally. The youths could become eligible for legal residency after attending college or serving in the military for two years.

Details of the TV ad are to be released this afternoon, but presumably it targets Sen. George LeMieux, who leaves office at the end of the lame-duck session. LeMieux has echoed the objections of fellow Republicans, who say the immigration system needs to be fixed first. Some see the Dream Act as amnesty.

Sen.-elect Marco Rubio has said some provisions of the legislation are worthwhile but also stands in opposition. But Florida Republicans Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen support the measure.


[Last modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 2:18pm]


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