Republican Senators Introduce New 'Dreamer' Legislation

Republican Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Monday introduced legislation that aims to create a pathway to legalization for undocumented children and young undocumented adults who were brought to the United States as children.

The Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers Employment Education and Defending our nation (SUCCEED) Act would provide a 15-year track for undocumented children to qualify for conditional permanent resident (CPR) status, requiring them to follow one or a combination of three specific pathways to earn and maintain their status once they become adults: being gainfully employed, pursuing postsecondary or vocational education, or serving in the U.S. military.

The bill's authors have touted the proposal as a more GOP-friendly vision for the fate of young undocumented immigrants in the United States, especially compared to the recently reintroduced DREAM Act, from Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). According to Politico, it is written to help give cover to Republicans who want to sign onto a bill protecting Dreamers yet still seek some tougher immigration restrictions. The Succeed Act includes provisions meant to curb future illegal immigration into the United States. It would require future temporary visa holders — such as people who come to the United States on worker or student visas — to sign a waiver that would otherwise grant them an immigration hearing or other immigration-related benefits if they violate the terms of their visa, among other things.

Both liberal immigration advocates and conservative hard-liners have expressed concerns about the proposed bill, though President Trump has reportedly indicated that he was "very supportive" of the concept behind the bill.


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U.S. Senator Thom Tillis's Press Release