Arizona senator introduces bill similiar to DREAM act

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Arizona senator introduces bill similiar to DREAM act

CREATED Nov. 28, 2012

Reporter: Alexis Fernandez

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Congress could have one more potential issue on their plate -- immigration reform.

On Tuesday, Republican Senator John Kyl of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas introduced their version of the DREAM Act, called the Achieve Act.

The bill would create three ways for young people to get legal status but only if they go to college, join the military or start a job.

In order to qualify, you have to have lived in the U.S. for five years, entered the country before the age of 14 and be 28 or younger when you apply.

You can also be 32 or younger if you have a degree.

"There's going to be more people going to school, this is the chance that they can get to go to school, and prove that they want to go to school," said Gerardo Rodriguez, an undocumented immigrant.

Rodriguez's parents brought him to the U.S. when he was newborn.

He's in the process of applying for the deferred-action program.  .

"If it doesn't I’m sure something else is going to come up, and I mean the deferred action is good for right now, just to be able to work but if something comes up I’m willing to try for that," he said.

The biggest difference between the Achieve Act and the DREAM act, which failed to pass two years ago is that it does not provide a permanent path to U.S. citizenship.

A hurdle, Rodriguez says he doesn't mind because it at least put immigration reform at the forefront in Congress.

“It’s not going to stop me from going to school, being what I want to be," he said.