Republicans Look To Make Inroads With Hispanics Via Dream Act

Smart move by Rubio & Co. From Alexander Bolton at The Hill

Senate Republicans want to alter DREAM Act legislation to steal away Hispanic voters from Democrats.

Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), the only Senate Republican of Hispanic heritage and a possible vice presidential pick, is working on an alternative version of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age and serve in the military or attend college. 

He declined to provide any details, but confirmed he hopes to have legislation soon.

Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) are also working on a bill, although its details are being kept secret, according to congressional sources. Senate sources expect it to be unveiled after GOP front-runner Mitt Romney has clinched the presidential nomination.

The efforts have unnerved Democratic leaders, who are watching warily — Democrats see their advantage over Republicans among Hispanic voters as one of the party’s greatest strengths in November. 

The GOP’s image among Hispanic voters is seen as one of its biggest liabilities heading to Election Day.

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published this page in In The News 2012-03-27 15:38:00 -0400
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