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Sunday January 29, 2012

Republican Rep. David Rivera Introduces New DREAM Act,  Benefits Only Those in Military

Republican Rep. David Rivera Introduces New DREAM Act,  Benefits Only Those in Military

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Florida Republican Rep. David Rivera, taking his cue from Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney has introduced a new DREAM Act that would benefit soldiers and not students.

The proposed bill is called ‘Adjusted Residency for Military Service Act’ or ARMS.  It would provide undocumented immigrant youth, that came to this country at a young age and serve in the military, a path to citizenship.  Unlike other versions of the DREAM Act this bill would not benefit undocumented youth that are college students.

Rivera is probably taking his cue from Republican Presidential contender Newt Gingrich who said he would support a DREAM Act that would benefit soldiers but not students.  Shortly after Gingrich floated the idea Mitt Romney during one of the Florida debates also endorsed the idea.

“If somebody is willing to die for America, then certainly they deserve a chance at life in America,” Rivera said.

Different versions of the DREAM Act have been floating around in Congress since 2001.  Last year the DREAM Act failed in the Senate in great part from lack of Republican support.

Meanwhile President Obama has said he endorses and would sign DREAM Act legislation that benefits students and soldiers.