Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democrat Richard Durbin today introduced a bill to grant a legal route to citizenship to a portion of undocumented youth covered by the Deferred Action Program (DACA), popularly known as “dreamers.”
“These young people have lived in the United States since they were children and built their lives here, there is support throughout the country to allow the ‘dreamers’ to stay, work and reach their full potential,” Graham said in a statement.
“We should not waste the talent of these young people,” he added.
The legislative proposal, known as “Dream Act 2019”, would allow some of these young people to stay in the United States legally if they meet several requirements: to have become children, to have graduated from high school, and to have gone to university, to military service or have worked for 3 years
According to the calculations of the University of Southern California (USC, in its acronym in English), these requirements are met by more than 2.5 million undocumented youth in the country.
The legal status of “dreamers” has been on the national debate table since President Donald Trump ordered the DACA program to be terminated, promulgated by his predecessor in office, Barack Obama (2009-2017).
Months later, the suspension of Trump was blocked by two federal courts, leaving the situation of the “dreamers” in limbo.
The DACA protects its beneficiaries from deportation and in some cases grants them a temporary work permit and allows them to access a driver’s license, benefits that must be renewed every two years.
Trump has been in favor of granting protection to these undocumented youth as long as Congress backs more funds for the construction of the wall on the border with Mexico, a point that the Democrats have widely rejected.
The Democratic caucus in the lower house this month presented its version of migratory protection to “dreamers,” expanding the opportunity for citizens to access the holders of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Forced Partition (DED).
Its approval in the House of Representatives, with a Democratic majority, is guaranteed. The situation in the Senate, controlled by the Republicans, seems more complicated.
However, the leader of the Democrats in the Upper Chamber, Chuck Schumer, said two weeks ago that several Republican senators could join to pass that law.
“Many of these senators (Republicans) have a large population (with DACA and TPS) in their states, we need 13, we already have all the Democrats,” Schumer said at a Senate meeting in mid-March with the main Hispanic media in the country.