Jon Kyl, Kay Bailey Hutchison Unveil Alternative To DREAM Act

Kyl said that Hutchison and he have spoken with a number of Republican lawmakers about supporting the bill, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and each of their successors (Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Ted Cruz (Texas)). They also spoke with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who tried to craft a similar bill earlier this year, but he is not a co-sponsor of the current bill.

Rubio has indicated he could lead on an alternative Republican DREAM Act in the future.

Kyl conceded that the proposal is "not dissimilar to" the President's deferred action program, which granted eligibility for a temporary reprieve from deportation to a similar group of undocumented youth. But Kyl said the difference is that his proposal would change the law instead of dancing around it. The Obama administration has maintained that the deferred action program abides by current law. "The administration has unfortunately chosen to -- in one phrase -- taken the law into its own hands, choosing to ignore current law because it didn't think it was good policy," Kyl said. "If you don't like the law the way it is, if you don't think it's fair: change it."

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