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Steve Chapman on Killing the DREAM Act

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The Dream Act once had considerable Republican support. Robert Gates, George W. Bush's defense secretary, endorsed it. Texas Gov. Rick Perry defended it in presidential debates. Richard Lugar, the longest serving U.S. senator in Indiana history, signed on as the chief GOP sponsor. When it came up in 2007, writes Steve Chapman, it had the support of a dozen Republican senators. But that was before anti-immigrant fever infected the party.