A Bill to Help the Dreamers
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill) will introduce a new version of a bill granting legal status and a path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children.
The proposal comes as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program faces a legal challenge from Texas and nine other states. It is likely to receive some support from Democrats and moderate Republicans pushing to provide a permanent legislative solution before any legal challenge against DACA takes effect.
Graham and Durbin will set guidelines for qualification, similar to DACA and earlier Dream Act guidelines. Under the 2017 proposal, immigrants would qualify for permanent residence and a path to citizenship if they are longtime residents who came to the United States as children; earn a high school diploma or GED; pursue higher education, have lawful employment for three years or serve in the military; pass a background check and pay a fee; show proficiency in English and U.S. history; and have not committed a felony nor posed a threat to the country.