In a piece in the Huffington Post today, La OpiniÃ³n's Pilar Marrero gets at the roots of the limited-legality idea that forms part of a yet-to-be-introduced immigration reform proposal being floated by Republican senator Marco Rubio of Florida. Billed as an alternative to the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant conditional legal status and an eventual path to citizenship to qualifying undocumented young people who arrived as minors, the bill doesn't propose a clear path to citizenship.
The idea would be to discourage what some call "chain migration," naturalized citizens sponsoring relatives. This approach, embraced by some in the GOP, isn't a new one as Marrero explains. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has also talked about allowing some undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. legally but without citizenship, she writes, but "Rubio and Gingrich did not actually come up with this idea." From the piece: