Republicans announce immigration reform initiatives ahead of fiscal cliff talks

Nov 19, 2012

In an effort to improve their tattered, non-inclusive image and garner more power at the upcoming fiscal cliff negotiations, Republican lawmakers look to introduce their version of the DREAM Act.

The Republican’s ACHIEVE Act, would allow illegal aliens a pathway to citizenship by creating a new “W-visa.” It allows those already residing in America illegally a pathway to citizenship. However, potential applicants must meet several conditions in order to qualify for the non-immigrant visa. Some of those requirements include:

  • completed high-school and are admitted to college or earned a college degree, or
  • completed high school and are enlisted in or have completed four years of military service
  • have entered the country before the age of 14
  • have lived in the U.S. continuously for five years
  • have not committed a felony, two misdemeanors with a jail term of over 30 days, or a crime of moral turpitude
  • have not been subject to a final order of removal
  • pay a $525 fee, and are under the age of 28 (or 32 if they have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. university)

The Republican version ties citizenship to educational or vocational institutions and allows illegal aliens six years to complete a bachelor, associate, technical or graduate degree in order to garner their spot in line for citizenship. Applicants may also join the armed forces and serve four years as another conduit to citizenship.

The GOP plan, co-written by Tea Party favorite Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), also said illegals must maintain employment for 36 consecutive months if they are not enrolled in school if they wish to stay in the country.

The new W-visa holders must remain in good standing throughout a four-year period to be eligible for a W-3 permanent non-immigrant visa. The W-3 visa is a renewable document that can lead to citizenship by obtaining a “green card.”

After Latinos overwhelmingly voted for Democrats and President Obama, the Republican Party is now trying to restore its image of diversity within minority communities.

Last summer President Obama signed an Executive Order that essentially granted amnesty to a few million younger illegal aliens. Since that time Senator Rubio has been asking for a “permanent solution” for the millions of minors brought to the country by their illegal alien parents through no fault of their own. At the annual Washington Ideas Forum, held in November 2012 Rubio stated; “[T]he issue of kids that are in this country undocumented is not an immigration issue, it’s a humanitarian one.” His spokesperson also indicated that Senator Rubio has continued promoting work on drafting DREAM Act-like legislation for the upcoming year.

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