Indeed, an acceptable Dream Act, if tightly written, would extend a welcoming hand to immigrant children who go to school or join the military, without instantly rewarding adults who chose to flout federal immigration law. Eventually, naturalized Americans would be able to petition for legal residence of immediate family, but the process would take time. If Republicans write the bill, they can make sure the Dream does not include egregious loopholes.
It's wrong to punish children for the sins of their parents. There is a middle way that unites the right thing to do with smart politics.