Don't Ask DREAM Act Has Troubling Loopholes: GOP Senate Aide : It's All Politics According to a GOP Senate aide, the DREAM Act has loopholes that explain some Republican foes. Illegal immigrants wouldn't have to finish higher education coursework to qualify and could still be eligible with misdemeanor criminal convictions.
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Don't Ask DREAM Act Has Troubling Loopholes: GOP Senate Aide

A Republican Senate Judiciary aide, reading my earlier post on the Senate's action (or inaction) regarding the DREAM Act Thursday, wanted to point out some loopholes in the legislation.

According to this Senate aide, who preferred not to be identified, there are weaknesses in the legislation that have caused some Republicans to oppose the bill.

I noticed you said that the bill would allow “those with military service or two years of higher education to get on the path to citizenship.” As you probably know, an illegal immigrant doesn’t even need a high school diploma—only a GED—to receive conditional legal status. And those who attend 2 years at an institution of higher learning (which could include trade or vocational school) would then be eligible for legal permanent resident status and be placed on a pathway to citizenship, regardless of whether they achieve a degree.  As for the sliver of applicants who would join the military, programs for such individuals are already in place.

Also, I would point that many Republicans have raised concerns that illegal immigrants with two misdemeanor criminal convictions are still eligible for DREAM Act amnesty. Here are some examples of crimes classified as misdemeanors in various jurisdictions: endangering the welfare of a child; public lewdness; indecent exposure; criminal threats/harassment; stalking; domestic violence; assault or battery; unlawful carrying of weapons; forcible touching; sexual abuse in the second degree; solicitation of prostitution; terroristic threats; soliciting membership in a criminal street gang; engaging in organized criminal activity; reckless driving; and insurance, healthcare, and welfare fraud in the fifth degree.