WASHINGTON D.C. - Oklahoma Senator James Lankford has introduced legislation that would be an alternative to the DREAM Act.
Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration would end DACA — a program that gave almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants protections from deportation.
Lankford, along with Senators Thom Tillis and Orrin Hatch, introduced the Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers Employment Education and Defending our nation Act.
The SUCCEED Act provides a fair, multi-step process for undocumented children to qualify for conditional permanent resident (CPR) status by requiring them to earn and maintain their status once they become adults by either being gainfully employed, pursuing postsecondary, or vocational education, or serving in the US military.
“It is right for there to be consequences for those who intentionally entered this country illegally,” said Lankford. “However, we as Americans do not hold children legally accountable for the actions of their parents. President Trump rescinded the DACA executive action so that this issue could be resolved the right way—through legislation from Congress. It is time for Congress to stop ignoring the obvious problems with our border security and immigration system and stop pretending that this issue will resolve itself, it will not. To address the uncertainty facing children who were brought to America, the SUCCEED Act is a fair solution that gives them a place to call home, but it also discourages future illegal immigration.”
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