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Put Out the Welcome Mat . . .

for illegal aliens' children who grew up here.

Dec 22, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 15 • By CHESTER E. FINN JR.
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The Bush administration has taken no position on the DREAM Act. A few gutsy Republicans--including Hatch, Arizona congressman Jeff Flake, Finance Committee chairman Charles Grassley, and Foreign Relations chairman Dick Lugar--have risked the ire of their party's nativist claque by offering carefully crafted solutions to this and other vexing immigration problems. Predictably, Democrats embrace such changes. One might suppose GOP leaders with an eye on 2004, mindful of the swelling number of voters who are legal immigrants or their kin, would see some advantage in passing these measures.

But politics aside, young lives hang in the balance. My friend Alex's is one of them.

Chester E. Finn Jr. is president of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.