The U.S. Senate recently held its first hearing on a proposal that would allow illegal aliens to gain U.S. citizenship.
The DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act would allow those who were brought into the country illegally while they were minors to apply for citizenship if they spend two years in college or in the military.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has said that such measures are the best way to tackle the immigration crisis in the country, but some lawmakers are not so sure that is the case, reports United Press International.
“America is a welcoming nation to immigrants who play by the rules and do it the right way,” Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) said during the hearing.
Cornyn also said that such measures as the DREAM Act do not address some of the larger issues affecting immigration.
“Were we to pass this bill as a stand-alone bill without addressing the rest of our broken immigration system, I believe it is far less likely that we would ever get to the other issues in our broken system,” he said, reports The Houston Chronicle.