Republican DACA 'Alternative': 'Path to Citizenship' for 2.5 Million Illegal Aliens

Republican DACA 'Alternative': 'Path to Citizenship' for 2.5 Million Illegal Aliens

Republican DACA 'Alternative': 'Path to Citizenship' for 2.5 Million Illegal Aliens

According to the bill sponsors the SUCCEED Act is a compassionate and fair plan created to address the key sticking points of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a system set up in 2012 by executive order under former President Barack Obama.

Nevertheless, there is bipartisan hope in Congress that differences can be ironed out now that Trump, who anchored his 2016 presidential campaign on an anti-immigration platform, says he wants to protect the Dreamers. But what's in the DACA replacement bill?

Republican Senators Thom Tillis of North Carolina and James Lankford of Oklahoma are sponsoring the bill.

The new bill is the most recent piece of legislation drafted after the Trump administration's announcement officially rescinding the DACA program, effectively ending the Obama-era program that has deferred deportations for those who came to the United States as young immigrants. "This is a special group of people we want to provide a solution to but not necessarily let them expedite the potential admission of other persons".

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"President Trump believes there should be a permanent solution that's a legislative solution, that provides some semblance of certainty". They also must maintain residency in the USA, pay their taxes and demonstrate "good moral conduct".

The three senators announced the SUCCEED Act (Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers Employment Education and Defending our nation), which they called a "fair and compassionate" merit-based solution to issues facing undocumented children now in the U.S. That's not all though. They would need a high school diploma or the equivalent if they're over 18, pass a criminal background check, not owe federal taxes, and agree their conditional status would be revoked if they are convicted of a crime.
After the initial five years, they would be allowed to stay another five years as conditional residents if they agreed to work, go to college or vocational school, or join the military. Needless to say, just being eligible for DACA is hard enough. Current law allows for green card holders to petition for relatives to obtain permanent residency, but the new bill would allow family members to sponsor relatives only after they became a US citizen.

Trump and conservative lawmakers have repeatedly blasted "chain migration".

"It's setting a timeline out there that is 15 years at the earliest to pursue naturalization", said Tillis.

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The Tillis-Lankford measure would bar Dreamers from applying for citizenship for at least 15 years and would cover fewer people than a Democratic proposal.

If they renew that status and maintain it for 10 years, they'll be eligible for a green card, which must be held five years before applying for citizenship. There are various avenues to become a citizen in this country, but it generally takes legal immigrants anywhere between three and five years to undergo the citizenship process. In a scenario where the SUCCEED Act passes as federal law, that would mean that DACA recipients - whose average age is now 25 years old - would be 40 years old by the time they become Americans with full rights.

It's important to mention that this "path", which would ideally take 15 years at best, is assuming every part of the process will go smoothly for applicants.

Many expect the White House to come to some conclusion by the end of 2017, as many DACA recipients' status is set to expire early 2018. It was not clear whether those principles would be influenced by the Republicans' bill. Check out the entire Gen Why series and other videos on Facebook and the Bustle app across Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV. As is the fate of approximately 800,000 Dreamers in the United States.

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