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Nelson pans Rubio's competing proposal to DREAM Act in talk with USF students

During a talk with University of South Florida students on Thursday about a looming student loan interest rate hike, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson also addressed a competing proposal by fellow senator Marco Rubio to Nelson’s DREAM Act, which aims to address the legal status of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before they were 15.

Unlike the DREAM Act, Nelson said, Rubio’s proposal does not give students who attend college or join the military a path to citizenship but a legal status that he said was vague, not in writing and shrouded in confusion.

“Are they going to sit here in a legal limbo?” he said. “Are they going to have to go back to their country of origin and stand in line to get back?”

-- Justin George, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Thursday, May 3, 2012 7:16pm]


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