Though only a few years ago many republicans supported the DREAM act, many have recently withdrawn their support. Orrin Hatch (a republican senator from Utah) actually both sponsored the bill and now opposes it! What is it, Orrin? Did you remember that it’s election season?
What is the DREAM Act?
The DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) would open a path to citizenship for minors whose parents entered the country illegally. The minors, after all, did not do anything illegal or wrong.
The DREAM Act’s offer of citizenship is neither “free” nor guaranteed. The minor would have to keep a clean record, graduate from high school (or obtain a GED), and finish two years either in college or the military.
Who is for it?
Though many democrats and republicans came out in support of this bill in the past, many republicans have pulled their support…and just before election season, wouldn’t you know?
The military supports the bill as a way to increase numbers and retention. Current and former leaders-such as Colin Powell-also recognize the benefit to our country if the DREAM Act comes to fruition.
Who is against it?
It seems puzzling on the surface that so many past supporters could flip-flop so suddenly on this issue, but in the wake of Arizona’s immigration bill and the debate sweeping the nation, it actually isn’t surprising at all to see republicans pulling their support. The issue is heated on both sides, with most democrats supporting the bill and most republicans now opposing it…including the two original sponsors of the bill: both republicans.