Sens. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) plan to introduce a plan to keep some undocumented immigrants from being deported by the incoming Trump administration.
The BRIDGE Act would provide three years of protection for people who came to the United States as children.
It would follow the same set of standards established by President Barack Obama through executive actions as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
“If you have DACA now, you would receive provisional protected status until your DACA expires and you can apply for an extension. If you don’t have DACA protection now but you’re eligible, you could also apply for this provisional protected presence,” Durbin said. “Applicants would be required to pay a reasonable fee, be subject to criminal background checks and meet the same eligibility criteria that currently applies to DACA.
The bill would allow DACA eligible individuals to apply for provisional protected presence reprieve from deportation and a work permit which would last for three years from the date of the bill’s passage.
“I believe this legislation will attract broad support from both sides of the aisle, but let me be clear the BRIDGE Act that we are introducing is no substitute for broader legislation to fix our broken immigration system, and this bill should not be tied to other unrelated measures,” Durbin said.
The BRIDGE Act would not give anyone permanent status, and it does not protect the parents and relatives of DACA recipients, who will remain at risk of deportation and family separation in the absence of meaningful reforms to our outdated immigration system. The bill would allow Dreamers to continue to work, go to school, and contribute to the country they call home.