STATE OF TEXAS — Republican lawmakers are proposing new legislation to address the immigration status of children brought to the United States illegally. The bill was introduced by Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Arizona Senator Jon Kyl is named the Achieve Act and it calls for allowing young illegal immigrants to stay in the country indefinitely, but it is different from the Dream Act, which failed to pass the Senate in 2010. Senator Hutchison commented on the KEY difference of the bill compared to the Dream Act saying, "If they decide they want a green card or they want to get into the citizenship track they can do that under today's law. There is no change in the requirements, they will not get in front of the line, they will in the back of the line, they're not kept from getting that citizenship track, nor are they given a preference in that citizenship track."
The bill proposes putting a special visa system in place for young people who want to go to college or serve in the military. Under the legislation, only people who entered the country before the age of 14 years old could apply to the program, they would have to have knowledge of the English language and American history. Felons and individuals with more than one misdemeanor would not be eligible. For more information visit: http://www.hutchison.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1265