Over the past few weeks, Senator Rubio (R-FL) has made remarks to the media about introducing a Republican alternative to the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) . There is much speculation circulating about what will and will not be included in his bill.
Due to the coverage Senator Rubio has attracted, NETWORK would like to clarify that this bill has yet to be introduced to the Senate. Since we have not read the text of the legislation, NETWORK has not taken a position on the bill but will remain vigilant in analyzing it and determining the proper course forward to ensure justice for the children of undocumented parents.
However, statements from the senator have raised a number of concerns for us. He has noted that his bill would grant undocumented students legal status but would exclude a pathway to citizenship. This is especially concerning to us. Without this pathway, talented immigrant youth will live in the shadows and become part of a new second-class category. The New York Times has called Senator Rubio’s bill “A Dream Act Without a Dream .” As people of faith, we believe the inherent