In the aftermath of an electoral defeat in which most immigrants voted Democratic, Republicans are again saying they're for "comprehensive" immigration reform. Earlier this week, three Republican Senators introduced the ACHIEVE Act
, a watered down version of the DREAM Act. Like the DREAM Act, it would give people who came to the US in their youth a way to stay in the country legally. Unlike the DREAM Act, it does not provide a way for them to fully integrate into society as full citizens.
But some Republicans like John Cornyn
from Texas say that they won't support anything except comprehensive immigration reform.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus yesterday put forward 9 principles
for what comprehensive immigration reform would mean. Their second principle is:
Protects the unity and sanctity of the family, including the families of bi-national, same-sex couples, by reducing the family backlogs and keeping spouses, parents, and children together.