KBH, in one of her last acts as an United States Senator, has introduced a watered-down version of the Dream Act, known as the “Achieve Act.” The bill has been primarily co-sponsored by Hutchison and Arizona Senator Jon Kyl (who is also stepping down in January).
The Achieve Act has some barriers, such as lowering the maximum age at which one could be brought into the country from 16 to 14, lowering the maximum age of participation from 30 to 28. Additionally, it makes criminal disqualification easier, and the pathway to citizenship harder, by removing a grantee. Congressman Charlie Gonzalez (yet another lame duck) said this act was “too little, too late.”
One could possibly get a little nervous about the GOP taking to immigration reform. However, John Cornyn has made sure to crush any possibility of this. The Chronicle is reporting that Cornyn has called the act “dead on arrival.”