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What Congress could do to protect young undocumented immigrants

What Congress could do to protect young undocumented immigrants”

Trump's move will allow Congress until March 2018 to pass legislation codifying the program into law.

"We're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud", Trump told Time in December.

Graham was part of the bipartisan Gang of Eight that wrote comprehensive immigration reform legislation that passed the Senate in 2013.

Meanwhile, Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Channahon said Tuesday that he cast a 2015 vote to support DACA.

The latest call for action on the DREAM Act, issued by Democratic Sen.

The most recent version of the DREAM Act, introduced in July, would offer legal permanent residence - and eventually a pathway to citizenship - to young immigrants if they arrived in the USA as children, obtained a high school degree or GED, and are enrolled in higher education, employed, or serve in the military.

Immigrants would also have to undergo background checks, demonstrate English-language proficiency, and have a criminal record clear of felonies or other "serious crimes".

"Congress is going to have to up its game", Graham said at a news conference with Durbin on Tuesday.

Eighteen moderate House Republicans have endorsed a proposal to create a path to permanent residence and citizenship for high school graduates who do not rely on public assistance.

But both senators said it will not be easy for DREAMers to get protection under their bill, and they would have to prove they can stay in the country. Military personnel would be able to apply to naturalization immediately, rather than first applying for permanent residency. "So we'll pass the DREAM Act for better border security".

The conference comes on the heels of the Trump administration rolling back the DACA program.

DACA now provides work permits and protection from deportation to almost 800,000 illegal immigrants, who have been dubbed "Dreamers" by their supporters.

As part of its decision, the White House charged Congress with finding a solution for the DACA program, which has granted work permits and temporary relief from deportation to almost 800,000 immigrants who came to the U.S.as children.

In a tweet over the August recess, Coffman said he would attempt a rare parliamentary tactic to force a vote on his measure later this month. "The Senate won't be your problem", Graham predicted. The legislation has failed to pass each time it has been introduced. Durbin joined Simon, who is running for the 58th Illinois State Senate seat, in encouraging students to take advantage of early voting opportunities. Cotton, R-Ark., who is close to the White House, has offered to support a legislative package, including the Dream Act and his own proposal to limit legal immigration into the United States - a bill strongly opposed by Democrats.



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