Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect DREAMers

The bipartisan Bridge Act would extend DACA for three years and offers additional protections to young immigrants.
The bipartisan Bridge Act would extend DACA for three years and offers additional protections to young immigrants.

Alexandria, VA- Since the election, there has been a great deal of uncertainty for DREAMers, recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and many of them fear they will be deported once President-elect Donald Trump takes office. But a bipartisan group of Senators wants to protect these young immigrants and recently introduced a bill that would offer DACA recipients relief from deportation and the chance to come out of legal limbo.

The Bridge Act would allow DACA recipients to keep the benefits allowed under President Obama’s executive actions which include work authorization and relief from deportation, according to Politico. The bill was introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and so far, they have three co-sponsors: Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Politico reports. Durbin and Graham are hoping to collect additional sponsors.

DACA recipients have been in a state of uncertainty since the election and are looking to see if President-elect Donald Trump will carry out his promise to deport millions of immigrants. It’s hard to say what Trump plans to do at this point, but the Bridge Act will ensure DREAMers are protected from deportation raids.

The legislation would expand DACA allowing some young immigrants who are eligible for the program but don’t currently have the status to apply. It would also offer greater confidentiality to DACA recipients than they are offered now.

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DREAMers are in a state of uncertainty after the November election.

The Bridge Act would only offer protection for young undocumented immigrants for three years at which time it can be renewed. It is unclear if the legislation will pass at this time.

DACA was Enacted in June of 2012 that gave young undocumented immigrants relief from deportation and allowed them to apply for work permits. It allowed young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to come out of the shadows and work towards legal status. Senator Graham said he did not approve of President Obama’s executive actions, Politico reports. He said, “However, I do not believe we should pull the rug out and push these young men and women — who came out of the shadows and registered with the federal government — back into the darkness.”

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 If you need help with a visa application or need a deportation defense, call one our lawyers and arrange a case evaluation.
If you need help with a visa application or need a deportation defense, call one our lawyers and arrange a case evaluation.