Certain ‘Dreamers’ Could Make the Cut for Residence, Citizenship

Colleges seek to protect DACA students amid legal uncertainty over Dreamers' status. Shown is a DACA student demonstration.
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A legislative proposal, the Uniting and Securing America (USA Act), could protect some DACA recipients from deportation, as it addresses border security and migration.

Representatives Will Hurd of Texas and Pete Aguilar of California are working on an immigration compromise, according to a report by the Associated Press in the Washington Post. Congressional aides reported that party leaders are informed of their proposal to let certain Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, which ended in September 2017, ultimately get permanent or conditional residence and potentially qualify for U.S. citizenship.

According to the San Antonio Business Journal, the proposal dubbed the Uniting and Securing America, or USA, Act addresses what some lawmakers refer to as chain migration, and limits the legal status of parents of DACA recipients — aka “dreamers” — including the following language:

“Parents who stayed in the United States without legal status for a period of more than one year must leave the U.S. for a minimum of 10 years before being considered for a family-based visa.”

The proposal would also address border control technologies to be implemented by 2020 that may include physical or technological barriers, add judges to immigration court and effect international measures that contribute to migration from Central America.

President Donald Trump set a deadline of March 5, 2018 for Congress to act, the day when DACA permits start expiring.

Read our previous coverage of DACA and the DREAM Act:

Is DACA Trump’s Immigration Reform Straw Man?


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Andrea Fox is Editor of EfficientGov.com and Senior Editor at Praetorian Digital. She is based in Massachusetts.