Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (SD) weighed in Tuesday on Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) work-in-progress DREAM Act, which is billed as a toned down Republican alternative to the Democrats' version.
"Our nominee now, Governor Romney, will I believe in due time, engage in a discussion about how to deal with the immigration issue," Thune told TPM in the Capitol. "Whether or not that's the Rubio approach or something else, I think remains to be seen. But I do think -- I give Marco credit. I think he's been very thoughtful about how he's approaching this. We haven't seen the details yet so it's hard to make any sort of a judgement about where any of us might come down on that. But I give him great credit for proceeding and taking on what is a very difficult issue but doing it in a very thoughtful way."
Rubio says his DREAM Act will provide temporary but extendable visas to undocumented children who attend college or serve in the military. Unlike the Democrats' version it will come with no guarantee of eventual permanent residency or citizenship.