Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017
With this morning’s dreaded announcement by Jeff Sessions, the ball now moves to Congress to address the humanitarian crisis created by the Trump Administration with its announced ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Fortunately, there are legislative proposals drafted and ready to go as a starting point for a negotiation. I’ve read and summarized in detail each and they’re linked below. Follow the links to see Siskind Summaries of each bill.
There are two proposals that I would put in the category of permanent solutions. The first is the familiar Dream Act of 2017 proposal that has been introduced in various forms since 2001. It allows most DACA recipients and individual in Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to move to conditional permanent residency and eventually to an unconditional green card and citizenship. It takes eight years to get to unconditional permanent residency.
The Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act is similar to Dream except it doesn’t include TPS and excludes many DACA recipients who have been in removal proceedings (including people with no criminal violations). But the period of conditional residence is shorter – five years – so people can get to citizenship faster than with Dream.
The Bridge Act is the least ambitious of the three. It would extend access to work cards and a reprieve from deportation for DACA recipients for three years, but nothing else. It’s better than nothing, but basically just defers the decision on what to do with the DACA population since the law will need to be extended at that point.
I’ll be covering movement on these bills here and on my Twitter feed (@gsiskind). Get to work people!
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