Republican Senators Thom Tillis, James Lankford and Orrin Hatch recently announced a new bill in an effort to fix the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). It is known that earlier last month President Trump announced that the program will end in the next 6 months.
The three senators announced the SUCCEED Act (Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers Employment Education and Defending our nation) which will help the DACA applicants to be eligible to receive legal status and eventually apply for citizenship. The senators informed that the bill is primarily based on four principles which include compassion, prevention, merit and fairness.
The proposed legislation mandates that in order to receive "conditional status" in the U.S., a recipient must be maintaining gainful employment, pursuing higher education or serving in the U.S. military.
According to bill, to be eligible for obtaining the protective status an individual should meet the below:
Must have arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16 years
Hold a high school diploma or equivalent;
Pass an extensive criminal background;
Submit biometric data to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS);
Able to pay off existing federal tax liabilities.
According to the regulations of the bill, after five years of gainful employment, earning a degree or military service, a recipient of the protective status would then become eligible for a second round of 5-year protected status. After the completion of the second round of protected status, an individual will become eligible to apply for a green card to jumpstart the naturalization process.
The bill also suggests that it would prevent any form of chain migration.
The senators also mentioned that the country is facing immigration system problems and this is the time to fix them. They also stated that the country certainly needs young talented individuals who can contribute to the economy.
Just for the information to all the viewers, The Department of Homeland Security is no longer considering new applications for legal status and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it was rejecting all new DACA requests and employment authorization document (EAD) applications received after the Sept. 5 memo.
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