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Harry Reid: Rubio's 'Dream Act' is unacceptable



Senare Democratic Leader Harry Reid says the Dream Act alternative Sen. Marco Rubio is working on is a nonstarter because it does not create a path to citizenship.

"The Dream Act is there for a purpose: to give you men and women who came here when they were just kids an opportunity to join the military or to go tot school,"  he said when asked about the proposal during a news conference. "I am not going to agree to anything that is short of allowing these young men and women to become citizens after they make the sacrifices that they do."

Rubio's proposal, still unreleased, would give legal status to college students and members of the military but would not provide a new way to citizenship, which many Republicans consider "amnesty."

Reid said an op/ed he recently wrote on the Dream Act received the most feedback he's ever gotten. It appeared in Rubio's hometown paper, the Miami Herald. Yesterday, an op/ed from the leader of an immigration group wrote Rubio's proposal is a good idea.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 3:55pm]


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