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Dreamers step up pressure on Rubio, Curbelo

Want the Miami Republicans to support a 'clean' Dream Act
(File photo, Associated Press)
(File photo, Associated Press)
Published Nov. 22, 2017
Updated Nov. 22, 2017

Advocacy groups are increasing pressure on Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Carlos Curbelo, both Miami Republicans, to support a so-called clean Dream Act.

This morning, a variety of groups delivered letters to Rubio's office in Doral to support legislation to protect young immigrants who stand to lose protection under DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

They want a "clean" bill that is not linked to a border wall or enforcement measures but Congressional Republicans will insist on something.

Letters also urged Rubio to help Haitians and others who could lose TPS, Temporary Protected Status.

"Christmas is almost here and my dream for the holidays is to keep my family together. It is hard to concentrate in school because I am scared that when I get home, they will not be there because they were taken away. Also, can you please protect the TPS families too? As a kid, I deserve to be safe and happy with my family,"Leah, a 12-year-old girl from Miami whose parents are undocumented, wrote in a letter distributed by the advocates.

Rubio has said he supports protecting the Dreamers but isn't involved in legislative efforts. (He had worked on a version of the Dream Act but never produced legislation and later President Obama took executive action to create DACA.)

Curbelo has been fashioning on his own legislation, but critics on the left see it as too restrictive and it is at the heart of his fight with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

This week, a group called the Emerson Collective launched ads urging Rubio and Curbelo to support a Dream Act by the end of the year. A TV ad says: "Tell Rep. Curbelo: It's not enough to just say you support Dreamers. Pass the Dream Act. Now."