Draft of Republican 'DREAM Act Lite' Immigration Bill Leaked

On Thursday, Sunshine State News reported on tea party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio's proposal to reform U.S. immigration policy incrementally, beginning with legalizing undocumented youth who immigrated when they were children.

The Daily Caller has since released what it says is a proposal circulating among Republican legislators, which appears to be a draft on the legislation Rubio's press secretary Alex Conant told the News is in the works:

"The Daily Caller has obtained details of an ACHIEVE Act proposal being floated by some Senate Republicans.

"It appears similar to the conservative alternative to the Dream Act that Sen. Marco Rubio worked on last summer (before President Obama issued his executive order, effectively tabling the issue until after the election).

"Essentially, the proposal involves several tiers: W-1 visa status would allow an immigrant to attend college or serve in the military (they have six years to get a degree). After doing so, they would be eligible to apply for a four-year non-immigrant work visa (also can be used for graduate degrees.)

"Next, applicants would be eligible to apply for a permanent visa (no welfare benefits). Finally, after a set number of years, citizenship “could follow …”

"Below are a few of the details being floated to be eligible for the W-1 visa:

"-- 'Applicant must have lived in the U.S. for five years prior to the Act’s enactment.'

"-- Must have entered the country before age 14
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"-- Must have good moral character.

"-- 'Applicant must not have committed a felony, must not have committed more than one misdemeanor with a jail term of more than 30 days, must not have committed a crime of moral turpitude, and must not have a final order of removal pending.'

"-- Must have knowledge of the English language, U.S. history, 'and of principles of U.S. government.'

"-- Applicant must be 28 or younger at time of application (or 32 if they have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college).

"-- Must pay a $525 fee.

"-- Must submit to a medical exam and a background check, submit biometric and biographic data, and register with the Selective Service."

{Source: "Details About the GOP’s Alternative to the DREAM Act Emerge"}

Conant told the Huffington Post the text is indeed "a working draft of what Sen. Rubio began working on over the summer."

"Senator Rubio has said that his proposal would be permanent and legalize the status of undocumented young people in America without creating a special pathway to citizenship," he told the Post. "We are still working on the timing and specifics of our legislation, with the goal of permanently solving the problem with broad, bipartisan support."

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Dave Francis
2:44PM NOV 17TH 2012
LEAST WE FORGET THE THOUSANDS SLAUGHTERED BY ILLEGAL ALIENS ANNUALLY.

Over the first two year period, Nov. 4, 2012 will mark the National Remembrance Day for those killed by illegal migrants and immigrants. The National Remembrance Day was conceived by the Tea Party Immigration Coalition (TPIC) and last year, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) announced his sponsorship of a declaration making the first Sunday of every November the day we honor those Americans killed by illegal aliens. These numbers are in the hundreds of thousands, from drunken drivers, female assaults to child molesters. These daily occurrences hardly ever hit the headlines, because the Liberal media suffocates the facts to the general public. For far too long, we have sat by and watched as our fellow citizens die every year at the hands of illegal aliens, while our elected officials simply ignore the ever-growing crisis. The federal government does not keep comprehensive statistics (may be intentionally) on the number of crimes committed in this country by illegal aliens. On November 3, Rep. King, stood in silence just outside the Capitol building with Congressman Walter Jones, activists Jeff Lewis and TPIC founder John Stahl stood alongside Jamiel Shaw Sr.( a California athlete shot because he was dressed in the wrong colors) and Ray Tranchant My 16-year-old daughter, Tessa, was killed by a drunken illegal alien in Virginia Beach three years ago while sitting at a stop light (both of whom lost their children to the uncontrolled and even murderous actions of illegal aliens) and said:

“These are real human stories, there's real hurt and real agony going on a daily basis in the United States of America, and we treat it as if it's just some kind of acceptable disruption of our lives. It's not. It's an interruption of innocent lives that takes place because we have a years of administrations that refuses to enforce immigration law.” Even before the Obama administration little was done to cauterize the murderous rampage of foreign nationals in our nation. For those lost, there are no wreath-laying ceremonies, no flag lowering or community congregations. For those families who are left behind truly suffer in silence. Perhaps if one of the immediate family members of politicians was slaughtered on the highway, or one of their children disappeared or a spouse was attacked, then they would expedite the right laws to stop these hideous travesties. Let us see how quick Democrat majority leader Harry Reid would fly into legislative action if on a Nevada highway he was holding in his bloody hands his injured daughter or GOP speaker of the House John Boehner, that one of two daughters was assaulted in Cincinnati, Ohio.

BEFORE PRESIDENT OBAMA PUSHES A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS ALREADY HERE, WITHOUT THESE POLICIES, BE PREPARED TO BE PAY MORE TAXES MONEY AND EVEN MORE GUARANTEED ONSLAUGHT FROM ACROSS THE WORLD.

BEFORE ANY PASSAGE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM FINDS ITS WAY THROUGH THE COMATOSED CONGRESS, TWO BILLS ARE A NECESSITY TO EVENTUALLY STOP THE INGRESS OF ANY MORE FLOWS OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. 1. THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT CONTAINING MANDATORY E-VERIFY AND HALT ILLEGAL ALIENS TAKING JOBS AND HOLDING EMPLOYERS ACCOUNTABLE. 2. A SIMPLE AMENDMENT TO END THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL TO STEM THE INFLOW OF SMUGGLED BABIES EITHER UNBORN OR AS AN INFANT, INTO THE UNITED STATES TO GAIN INTENTIONAL RIGHTS TO BE A CITIZEN AND A MASSIVE FINANCIAL BURDENING THE U.S. TAXPAYER. 3. THE REINTRODUCTION OF FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH 2006 SECURE FENCE ACT IN ITS ENTIRETY. THIS IS A DOUBLE PARALLEL FENCE STRETCHING ALONG THE BORDER OF THE U.S STATES AND ITS SOUTHERN NEIGHBOR. AMERICA MUST REDUCE SANCTUARY CITIES, CHAIN MIGRATION, DREAM ACT LAWS AND THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION. 4. A GOVERNMENT ISSUED PICTURE ID CARD, WHICH CONTAINS INFORMATION TO USE IN PROVING WHO YOU ARE?
Juan Rodriguez
5:31PM NOV 16TH 2012
I fail to see how allowing a whole bunch of immigrants legal status and their parents (chain migration) would help the US. I know it is the political solution to the Republicans winning the next election and it warranted by continually neglecting to enforce the border (they are here so we need to deal with it, sort of like an unwanted pregnancy). From America's perpective, it is benevolent, but so is giving all your money to the poor but I do not see many people doing it?

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