Opinion: GOP version of DREAM Act holds promise
Young Latino protesters hold placards outside Mitt Romney' s Nevada campaign headquarters in Las Vegas in February.
April 5th, 2012
01:06 PM ET

Opinion: GOP version of DREAM Act holds promise

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 (CNN) - You may have heard that a group of Republicans in Congress - including GOP rock star and possible vice presidential pick Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida - are getting ready to introduce their version of the DREAM Act.You also may have heard that Democratic lawmakers and liberal advocacy groups despise the Republican alternative and derisively label it "DREAM Act Lite."

As someone who has written about immigration for more than 20 years and hammered Democrats and Republicans (including Rubio) when appropriate, I call the GOP approach to the DREAM Act something else: A common sense solution. It could break a stalemate and improve millions of lives. And it could only be opposed for ugly partisan reasons.

While it's not perfect - and no piece of legislation is - it is better than nothing, which is all the critics have been able to offer, even when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the White House.

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