Republicans talk much of putting a new face on the party to attract Latinos and other minorities; but that's about as far as it goes. Republicans want to make sure Democrats don't pass a Dream Act, so Republicans can propose and pass their own Dream Act. This might confuse people trying to be for and against immigration reform at the same time; but not for lawyers in Congress.
"Cornyn Revives Reputation as Hypocrite of the Year
Called DREAM Act Vote in 2010 a 2012 Political Stunt; Now Supports Idea of a GOP Version of DREAM Act in Run Up to 2012
Republicans are looking for a way to shore up their historically low standing with Latino voters. Senator Marco Rubio is reportedly developing a more Republican-friendly version of the DREAM Act in part to do just that.
Enter Senator John Cornyn of Texas. In 2010 he called attempts to pass the DREAM Act a political stunt. The bill passed the Democratic-controlled House in the lame duck session and won 55 votes in the Senate, but failed to become law when 92% of Republican senators, including Cornyn, voted against it."
"Cornyn said he has discussed his amendment with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the "Gang of Eight" who signaled in a Tuesday evening radio interview that his crucial vote could rest on whether Republican concerns about border security are addressed. But Cornyn's proposal might also receive a boost from reports, confirmed by a GOP source, that the bipartisan House immigration working group negotiations toward a comprehensive immigration bill are on the brink of collapse."
"As outlined, his amendment would require the federal government to meet certain border security requirements before legalized immigrants would be able to apply to become legal permanent residents. That could mean that the decade-long immigration limbo currently proposed in the bill could stretch on indefinitely, if federal officials determine that border goals haven't been met.
The new approach to border security would likely create a showdown between the immigration bill's sponsors, the Republican and Democratic senators who make up the so-called "Gang of Eight."