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There’s no such thing as a Republican DREAM Act

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Tom Tancredo
Former Congressman
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      Tom Tancredo

      Tom Tancredo represented Colorado's 6th Congressional District from 1999 until 2009. While in Congress, he chaired the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus. He currently is seeking the Republican nomination for Governor of Colorado.

Sen. Rubio has yet to address some other major problems with past DREAM Acts. Approximately 85% of illegal immigrants are black or Hispanic, and if they were given amnesty, they would be eligible for affirmative action. Additionally, they would be eligible for in-state tuition at public colleges. Currently, virtually all schools in the country grant affirmative action and in-state tuition to non-citizen residents. Even if the new DREAM Act recipients were not given a direct path to citizenship, they would still be eligible for these benefits.

Sen. Rubio has expressed dismay that many people have criticized his DREAM Act before he has even released all the details. This is a fair concern. While I am very skeptical that he will be able to remove the loopholes that plagued past DREAM Acts for the reasons outlined above, perhaps he will manage to come up with some creative solutions that I have not considered.

However, even if he removes these loopholes, I will still oppose his version of the DREAM Act and any other. The unemployment rate among Americans aged 18-24 is at 16.3%, the highest since the Labor Department began recording employment statistics in 1948. The DREAM Act would make it harder for young, unemployed Americans to find work.

I truly sympathize with the illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents, but we cannot reward them at the expense of American citizens.

Tom Tancredo represented Colorado’s 6th Congressional District from 1999 until 2009. While in Congress, he chaired the bipartisan, 100-plus-member Immigration Reform Caucus. He currently serves as chairman of Team America PAC and The Rocky Mountain Foundation.