Demonstrators hold illuminated indications throughout a rally supporting the Deferred Action for Youth Arrivals program (DACA), or the Dream Act, outside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2018.
Sens. Penis Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Thursday introduced the most recent version of the Dream Act, part of a brand-new immigration reform push.
The proposed legislation, initially introduced in 2001, would give some young, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as kids the opportunity to pursue a course towards American citizenship.
The reintroduction comes as President Joe Biden starts presenting his migration reform program and aims to reverse a number of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
In 2012, President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program after the Dream Act failed to pass in Congress a number of times.
DACA secures the young undocumented immigrants who would be affected by the Dream Act from deportation. The policy does not provide a path to citizenship.
Trump looked for to end DACA throughout his presidency, however the Supreme Court obstructed his administration’s effort in June. On Jan. 20, Biden signed an executive order preserving DACA.
“It is clear that just legislation passed by Congress can offer Dreamers the opportunity they should have to earn their method to American citizenship,” Durbin stated in a declaration Thursday.
The Dream Act would grant some young, undocumented immigrants lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship if they fulfill certain requirements, consisting of finishing from high school or making a GED; pursuing higher education, working or serving in the military; and passing background checks.
The Dream Act of 2021 is identical to variations introduced by Durbin and Graham in the previous 2 sessions of Congress, the senators say.
Graham showed in a statement Thursday he would like to pass the Dream Act not as a standalone costs, however rather as part of a comprehensive immigration package.
“I believe it will be a starting point for us to discover bipartisan advancements providing relief to the Dreamers and also repairing a broken immigration system,” Graham stated.
In the last 15 years, Congress has not passed an extensive migration bill.
About three-quarters of Americans support granting irreversible legal status to undocumented immigrants who pertained to the U.S. as children, according to a June Pew Research Center survey.