What Is The SUCCEED Act? 6 Things To Know About The Republicans’ DACA Alternative
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Republicans and Democrats alike are mobilizing to determine the fate of undocumented youth. Legislation is already being proposed to combat the ending of DACA. Congress has six months to come up with a plan before the fate is sealed for the Dreamers. The SUCCEED Act, a solution for Dreamers affected by the termination of DACA, is the Republican proposal to this issue. The act was proposed in the Senate by James Lankford (R-OK), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Thom Tillis (R-NC). The bill has seemed to gain widespread support among the Republican Party. Here are six things you need to know about the SUCCEED Act.
To be considered, Dreamers would have to have a high school diploma, or something equivalent, and pass a background check. Dreamers would have to submit bio-metric data to the Department of Homeland Security. In addition they’d have to pay off any back taxes, or establish a repayment plan. Those eligible must have been under the age of 16 and living in the United States before June 15, 2012 – the day DACA began.
2) Pathway to citizenship
The bill is structured to give a 15 year pathway to citizenship. Under the proposal, Dreamers would have “conditional permanent residence” for 10 years before being able to apply for a green card. From there, they would be required to wait at least 5 years before applying for citizenship.
3) Waiting periods
The act requires that during the 10 year waiting period, Dreamers must show a work ethic through employment, educational advancement, or military service. This would be monitored every 5 years prior to and during the green card process.
4) Eliminating chain migration
In order to appease hard line Republicans, the bill prevents Dreamers from being able to sponsor family members or spouses prior to citizenship. This eliminates the phenomenon of “chain migration,” something President Trump has repeatedly slammed.
5) Parents of Dreamers
Undocumented parents of Dreamers would not be able to petition to stay in the United States, based on the legal status of Dreamers under this legislation.
6) Effects on illegal immigration
The SUCCEED Act seeks to curb illegal immigration moving forward. Future temporary visa holders will be required to sign a waiver, otherwise granting them an immigration hearing or other benefits, if they overstay their visa.
The SUCCEED act is centered around the ideas of compassion, prevention, merit, and fairness. Supporters of the bill seem to collectively support the idea that these Dreamers were caught in the middle of their parents wrong-doings. Because of that, they should not be immediately reprimanded. “If you work hard, follow the law and pay your taxes,” said Senator Tillis, “you can stay here permanently.” Lankford, another sponsor of the bill stated that President Trump said it is “the right way to go,” in light of the SUCCEED Act. The bill is said to be one of many that will be proposed for immigration reform.