The U.S. Senate is trying to revive a fast-track route to citizenship for millions of young illegal immigrants. Democrats are pushing for passage, one day after President Obama mentioned the DREAM act during a speech on immigration on Tuesday. Fausto Remigio of Ft. Myers, who is not a citizen of this country, hopes it passes.
"I want it for myself and those who have worked really hard to stay out of trouble and get their educations. I need it because I cannot get a drivers license or money for college without being a citizen. It would take too much time and money to become a citizen the other way," Remigio told WINK News.
The DREAM act would grant permanent residency to those who complete high school, and have stayed out of trouble with the courts. Those undocumented residents then could go to college or the military and become citizens. Thousands of young people have held passionate demonstrations in favor the act, in SW Florida, and all over the country.
"I don't like it a bit. If you are illegal, they are going to take a short cut and put you ahead of all those other people who are following the laws of the land? That does not sound right to me," said Skip Mufalli of Ft. Myers. "I say, if they are illegal, then go back where you came from, and come back in the legal way!"
The senate tried to pass the DREAM act last December, but the effort died after a long filibuster.