Opinion: Will parties keep hope alive for immigrant children?
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, has met with other Latino legislators on a plan to give legal status to some children of immigrants.
May 4th, 2012
02:30 PM ET

Opinion: Will parties keep hope alive for immigrant children?

Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a CNN.com contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group.

By Ruben Navarrette Jr., CNN Contributor

San Diego, California (CNN) - In Washington, a lot of the meetings that take place between lawmakers amount to nothing. But recently, there was a get-together that was really something.

The participants: Reps. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, and Charles Gonzales, D-Texas, along with Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey.

The problem: What this country should do with so-called DREAM'ers, undocumented young people who were brought here by their parents as children and who face the threat of deportation.

One proposed solution that didn't go anywhere was the DREAM Act, a bill that politicians passed around like a hot potato for more than a decade. It would offer legal status and a pathway to citizenship to anyone who goes to college or joins the military.

The good news is that there was bipartisan support; the last time it was put to a vote, in December 2010, a slew of Senate Democrats voted for it, but so did three Senate Republicans - Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Richard Lugar of Indiana and Bob Bennett of Utah. The bad news is that there is bipartisan opposition; a slew of Republicans opposed the legislation, but so did five Senate Democrats - Jon Tester and Max Baucus of Montana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.

Clearly we need a new approach. Enter Rubio.

Read Ruben Navarrette Jr.'s full column

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. P. Ortiz

    Who is Marco Rubio? A Cuban American whose only interest is getting Cuban American approval ratings. It seems that he does not care about the rest of the many other nationalities that America "The Melting pot", has. I for one do care much about anything he has to say. To me he is like any other Cuban American in office.

    May 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Francis A.

    The politicians are the people ruining this country, myself and millions of americans will never be able to retire, they take our taxes, take our social security and give it to people who never worked a day in their life, hand out our social security to every foreigner who comes to America. The people in Washington D.C. need to focus on helping the Americans that were born in this country and quit handing out every damn penny that Americans work hard for, so all-in-all let them DREAM, because 99% of Americans who were born here, still Dream of having and living a good life in America.

    May 6, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. hamsta

    They broke the law therefore they dont deserve a pathway to citizenship.

    May 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hamsta

    being as these people are here illegally deport them immediately and deny them citizenship.

    May 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |