Graham was joined by IL senator Dick Durbin, who first introduced legislation of the same name 16 years ago.
This was demonstrated by a study of the Center for American Progress published Friday, through the data of the Immigration and Citizenship Service (USCIS), which argues that ending the migratory relief of the Dreamers, would result in getting rid of 658,000 market workers in the country.
Immigrants qualify if they are longtime residents who came to the United States as children; earn a high school diploma or GED; pursue college, have lawful employment for three years or serve in the military; pass a background check and pay a fee; show proficiency in English and US history; and have not committed a felony or posed a threat to the country. Graham said in reference to Trump. That letter demands, under threat of litigation, that your Administration end the DACA initiative.
Saying those young people deserve to be treated fairly, Graham added, "If you told them to go back home, they would go to where they were raised. Number two, we believe that those who were brought to the United States as children, have grown up in this country, have no criminal record; are prepared to serve this country in a variety of ways should be given that chance to make America a better nation".
Led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the group of Democrats is twice the size of the 10-state coalition of Republican officials that have threatened to sue the Trump administration if it does not start to phase out the program by September 5.
Some advocates also are anxious the administration may end a program created to give temporary status to immigrant students who were brought illegally to the United States as children.
The bill, if it were to pass, would be a lifeline for the young people who already have registered for the Obama-era program Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
New US Dream Act Would Offer Amnesty to Undocumented Young People
Under the new Dream Act, undocumented young people who came to the U.S.at age 17 or younger could earn lawful permanent residency if they graduated from high school or obtained a GED document; passed a background check; served in the military, worked legally or attended college; spoke English and demonstrated a knowledge of US history; and paid a fee. The measure, which would have granted a path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the USA, overwhelmingly passed the Senate but died amid steep opposition from conservatives in the Republican-led House of Representatives.
According to Marc Short, the director of legislative affairs at the White House, "the Trump Administration has opposed the "Dream Act" and is likely to be consistent with that".
Under Trump, the government has continued to renew DACA holders' work permits and issue new ones.
So I applaud this new legislation and I pledge my support and the support of the Catholic community here in Los Angeles. Such provisions ensure that immigrant youth who must work to help support their families, provide care for their children, or choose to pursue a career that does not require a four-year degree will still be able to get on a path to citizenship.
Since Trump took office, federal immigration authorities have stepped up immigration enforcement. And Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told members of Congress this month that the program is unlikely to withstand a legal challenge. What I'd like to do is a comprehensive immigration plan. "I have a heart for these kids, that's a good thing", Graham said.
"I just don't see the upside of telling these kids they have to live in the shadows", he said.