By: Zack Duvall
On Monday, a trio of GOP Senators have introduced the first version of the party’s plan to provide a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants impacted by the DACA legislation, also known as the ‘Dreamers ACT’.
Throm Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK) and Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) introduced the proposal during an extensive news conference held to outline the plan by Republican lawmakers.
The bill, being dubbed the ‘Succeed Act”, would grant the so-called “dreamers” the ability to obtain conditional status with similar work and education requirements to that of the current DACA program for the first 10-years of implementation. The ‘dreamers’ would then have to apply for a green card, which they must maintain violation free for a period of 5 years. After that, they would be allowed to apply for permanent legal citizenship.
“This bill, I believe, is a fair and orderly method for providing a permanent solution for the DACA children.” Senator Tillis said during the press conference on Monday.
It is unclear if any Democrats on the hill support the bill as of right now, but the bill does have its critics, such as Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois.
“I appreciate that my colleagues recognize the need to pass legislation giving a path to citizenship for dreamers…Unfortunately, this bill falls short.” Durbin said in a statement after the press conference by the bill’s sponsors.
Senator Lankford, a main-sponsor and co-author of the bill, told reporters that he has spoken with the president about the proposal, and that he was confident the White House would support the legislation.
No timeline for the bill’s passage or formal presentation on the Senate floor was immediately available.