Boehner Puts the Kibosh on Idea of GOP Backing DREAM Act
What Boehner fails to mention is that most of the hostility is within his own party.
“There’s always hope,” Boehner said. “I did talk to Sen. Rubio about his idea, and he gave me some particulars about how this would work. I found it of interest. But the problem with this issue is that we’re operating in a very hostile political environment and to deal with a very difficult issue like this I think it would be difficult at best.”
Republican opposition to the DREAM Act, and their filibuster of DREAM Act legislation in 2010, have hurt the GOP’s standing with Hispanic voters. Mitt Romney and Rubio want to undo some of that damage with a more limited version of the plan, one that would provide legal residency — but not citizenship — to some illegal immigrants who serve in the military.