In July, senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced a bill reviving the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S.as children. “For those young men and women across America, I can tell you this is a moment of great concern, great fear, and great anxiety about what’s going to happen to their lives”.
Democratic lawmakers, holding a press event on Capitol Hill, repeatedly emphasized the need for a solution to protect recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to live, work and study in the U.S. without fear of deportation.
Through his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the president announced Tuesday that the administration does not believe the current DACA program, begun by former President Barack Obama in 2012, would survive legal challenges threatened by 10 mostly southern states.
Montana Sen. Jon Tester, the only sitting Democrat who voted against the DREAM Act in 2010, said in a statement Tuesday that “breaking a promise to these children – who are here through no fault of their own – is not the solution”, and called for Congress to “provide a way forward for innocent kids”.
On Tuesday, Trump forced the issue.
If Trump can do that, Graham said he thinks he can “get Democrats on board” for legislation that would combine border security with the DREAM Act.
The Dream Act itself was first introduced in 2001. It’s unlikely that Trump would sign the DREAM Act if it is passed.
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St.
The bill would stipulate that eligible immigrants obtain a high school degree or GED, enroll in higher education, obtain employment, or serve in the military.
Curbelo represents a majority-Hispanic district that went for Democrat Hillary Clinton by 16 points over Trump last November – making Curbelo a major target in the 2018 midterms. Durbin and Graham both expressed hope that the latest version of the legislation would be passed by the end of September.
And lawmakers took plenty of shots at Trump for his move.
The Kalven Report has not stopped the University from lobbying in support of DACA.
The Trump camp is now leaving it up to Congress to file any new legislation.
The Dream Act will “allow young immigrants who grew up in the United States to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship”, according to a news release.
McCain and Flake have also expressed support for a comprehensive amnesty bill in this Congress, with McCain telling the Arizona Republic that he thinks there are a lot of “deals” that can be made when he returns to the Senate. It was meant as a stopgap measure, and now Congress has the ability to make it right.