FROM Mark Jones
Is the DREAM Act Becoming a Nightmare? Thousands of undocumented young people are lining up this week for President Obama's substitute for the "Dream Act," which was rejected by Congress. But all it does is defer deportation for two years, and nobody knows what will happen next. Will applicants have to reveal information that could be used against them or their parents? Will they deported after all when their two years are up? Would Mitt Romney rescind the order if he reached the White House? The President says he supports the "Dream Act," which would offer permanent residency, but he's also deported more people than George W. Bush. In a bid for the Latino vote, is he creating more anxiety and confusion rather than less?
Alabama's Immigration Law Is the Toughest Yet Alabama has gone Arizona more than one better when it comes to cracking down on illegal immigration. Republican Governor Robert Bentley has signed House Bill 56 , making it illegal to knowingly give an undocumented alien a ride. Schools will have to determine the immigration status of children starting in kindergarten. Police will be required to ask the status of anybody they stop based on "reasonable suspicion." While sponsors call it a "jobs-creation bill for Americans," critics say its "outrageous and blatantly unconstitutional. Mark Jones, Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University, is a fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
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