Perry and Rubio Say they Support In-State Tuition But Oppose the DREAM Act. Position Defies Logic, Alienates Latinos
While immigration has emerged as a flashpoint in the Republican presidential primary, the fact remains: not one of the leading candidates supports the DREAM Act.
Traditionally, the DREAM Act was a bi-partisan bill. It was originally authored and introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). And when it came up for a vote in December of last year, a total of 15 sitting Republican senators who had supported the DREAM Act in one way or another in the past had a chance to get it across the finish line. But in a sign of just how far right the Republican Party has lurched on immigration issues, only 3 of those 15 Republicans voted for it. Even Senator Hatch scrambled from author to opponent. This, despite support for DREAM from 70% of American voters, including a majority of Republicans. This, despite the support for DREAM from 88% of Latino voters, signifying its emergence as a litmus test for candidates. This, despite the fact that the GOP’s opposition to DREAM is deepening its already deep hole with Latino voters, the fastest-growing segment of the American electorate.