Of all the important topics GOP senators should be discussing and working with, why are these senators obsessed with providing an amnesty for that group of illegal aliens fancifully known as the “DREAMers”?
They ought to be promoting the RAISE Act which would lower immigration and end chain migration. But no, these guys have to come up with the SUCCEED Act?
A new Senate GOP proposal released Monday [September 25th] would create a pathway to legalization for so-called Dreamers, but it wouldn’t allow them to sponsor family members to the United States — one of several provisions that make the bill far more conservative than other relief measures for young undocumented immigrants. The chief writers of the bill — Republican Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and James Lankford of Oklahoma — have touted their plan as a more GOP-friendly vision for the fate of young undocumented immigrants in the United States, especially compared to the DREAM Act, which was introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).GOP senators unveil new ‘Dreamers’ bill , by Seung Min Kim, Politico, September 25, 2017
So they call it “a more GOP-friendly vision for the fate of young undocumented immigrants...”
Tillis and Lankford hope their legislation, called the Succeed Act, can win support from conservatives as Congress scrambles for a fix following the White House’s decision to begin revoking work permits and deportation protections early next year for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers.
How about just let DACA expire and forget about it? But no, the Republicans [!] have to bring it up!
What’s actually in the SUCCEED Act?
Details of the bill, which is also sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), were obtained by Politico in advance of its release. Under current law, green card holders can petition for close relatives such as a spouse or children to obtain permanent residency. But Trump has repeatedly slammed the concept of “chain migration,” a term critics use to describe U.S. citizens or permanent residents sponsoring their foreign relatives to come to the United States…Tillis and Lankford have tried to address that demand by barring Dreamers who would obtain green cards through their legislation from petitioning family members, although they would be able to sponsor them if they become citizens, according to a person familiar with the legislation. “The people who are moving through the green card process are people who’ve gone through the process legally over a period of time,” Tillis said, defending the provision targeting chain migration. “This is a special group of people that we want to provide a solution to, but not necessarily let them expedite the potential admission of other persons.”
You’re keeping illegal aliens in the system and as long as these illegal aliens are in the system, they can easily be advanced to the next level under some future proposal.
Some of the nuts and bolts of the new GOP bill, which essentially creates a 15-year path to citizenship, are similar to those in past proposals addressing the issue of young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors. To be eligible under the Succeed Act, an immigrant must have been in the U.S. since June 15, 2012 — the start of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era executive action that Trump said he would end — and before the age of 16. They would be required to obtain a high school diploma, pass a “thorough” criminal background check, submit biometric data to the Department of Homeland Security and pay off any back taxes or establish a repayment plan.
How many times have we heard this sort of thing before? Who is really going to enforce all this?
This would give the Dreamers a “conditional permanent residence” status. If they maintained that status for 10 years, they could apply for a formal green card. Under conditional permanent residence, the Dreamers would have to earn a college degree, serve in the military for at least three years or be consistently employed. The status would have to be renewed after five years. Once they obtain green cards, the immigrants would be required to wait for five years before they could apply for U.S. citizenship, according to the legislation. Undocumented parents of Dreamers who would qualify under the new Republican bill would be barred from petitioning to stay in the United States based on their children’s legal status.
has this to say:
“We took into consideration a basic fact: In American law, we don’t hold children accountable for the actions of their parents,” Lankford said. “They’re caught in between at this point.”
This is not a question of being held accountable “for the actions of their parents”. These DREAMers are illegal aliens and legally, we owe them nothing.
The SUCCEED Act is being sold as a tougher DACA.
The new legislation is written to help give cover to Republicans who want to sign onto a bill protecting Dreamers yet still seek some tougher immigration restrictions.
The “DREAMers”, like any other illegal aliens, are not authorized to be in this country.
For example, the bill includes provisions meant to curb future illegal immigration into the United States. It would require future temporary visa holders — such as people who come to the United States on worker or student visas — to sign a waiver that would otherwise grant them an immigration hearing or other immigration-related benefits if they violate the terms of their visa.
Numbers USA has some interesting comments on the SUCCEED ACT
Republican Sens. Thom Tillis (N.C.), James Lankford (Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah) introduced the Succeed Act, which would grant amnesty to millions of young illegal aliens. While the Senators claim the bill addresses Pres. Trump's concern with chain migration, it would only prevent the amnestied illegal aliens from sponsoring family members while they hold conditional legal permanent residence. The Succeed Act would grant qualifying illegal aliens “conditional permanent residence” for ten years before being eligible for legal permanent residence (a formal green card). Under current law, green card holders can also sponsor their spouses and minor children for green cards. But the Succeed Act would prevent any qualifying illegal alien to sponsor any family members for green cards until they become citizens. Once they become naturalized citizens, no sooner than 15 years after receiving the amnesty, they can sponsor their spouses, both minor and unmarried adult children, parents and adult siblings for green cards. Effectively, the bill does not address chain migration. Further, the bill lacks any enforcement measures that would prevent future amnesties.Sens. Tillis, Lankford, & Hatch Introduce Amnesty-Only Dream Act, Numbers USA, September 25, 2017
And, on the 26th
, Thom Tillis
was on Morning Joe…
Sen. Thom Tillis said Tuesday that the SUCCEED Act, which he's cosponsoring with Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, will help add security for "Dreamers" who could be affected by President Donald Trump's call to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The North Carolina Republican explained on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program that under the qualifications of the proposed legislation, "most of the Dreamers will be qualified for it. We're also trying to prevent this from occurring again [by] setting a very high bar for future generations who may try to come across the border, parents with children."Tillis: SUCCEED Act Adds More Protections for Dreamers, By Sandy Fitzgerald, Newsmax, September 26, 2017
“Prevent this from occurring again”, by giving an amnesty? You’ve got to be kidding.
Note that Tillis says that “most of the Dreamers will be qualified” for the SUCCEED Act. That means, even more than are currently on DACA!