This week, the Republicans came up with their alternative to the DREAM Act, which is called the Achieve Act. While I’m impressed that the Republicans have proposed an immigration law that would help people, I think it’s too complicated.
Here are the requirements:
1. Brought to the U.S. before age 14.
2. Not older than 28.
3. Has lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years.
4. No criminal history.
If you meet those requirements, then you can get a W visa to go to college or serve in the military.
If you complete a degree within 6 years or serve for 4 years in the military, then you can get a non-immigrant work visa.
After the 4 years, you could then get a permanent non-immigrant visa that would not enable you to become a U.S. citizen.
My biggest problem with the Achieve Act is that with 3 tiers, it’s too complicated. You really need to be a lawyer to figure this out. Of course, I’m not going to be too critical of the Republicans. At least, they are doing something about immigration. Now that the Republicans have put forth their proposal, it’s time for President Obama and the Democrats to push for the DREAM Act and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.