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Durbin and Graham Are Still DREAMing

Senators Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, and Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, are co-sponsoring the Dream Act of 2017, which would ensure permanent resident status to about a million young people – known as “dreamers” – who were brought to the US under age 17 and have lived in the country for at least four years.WASHINGTON ― A bipartisan group of senators offered President Donald Trump and his homeland security secretary a chance to put their money where their mouth is by supporting a measure to give protections to young undocumented immigrants through Congress, rather than through an administrative program the president opposes.The Trump administration has until September 5 to decide whether to rescind the program or face a court challenge by the states.”These DACA kids have come out of the shadows at the invitation of the government”, he said.”To President Trump, you’re going to have to make a decision”.Kelly, despite urging members of Congress to change the law rather than criticize his agents and officers for enforcing existing statutes through arrests and deportations, has indicated he will not break with the president.Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, or APLU, said in a statement that the Dream act would extract Dreamers from a “precarious and uncertain position” that they wound up in through no fault of their own.Graham said McCain, who is resting at his Arizona home following a blood-clot surgery and brain-tumor diagnosis, called him three times Thursday morning, saying no more “woe is me”, and that Graham needs to “buck up” in his absence.A coalition of Republican state attorneys general has pressed the Trump administration to get rid of DACA or face a lawsuit that challenges its legality.Trump, meanwhile, is still equivocating about what he will do about DACA if it is challenged in court, and about his plans for dealing with recipients in general.”It’s a decision that I make and it’s a decision that’s very, very hard to make”, he said. “I really understand the situation now”, Trump told reporters last week. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), who said President Trump could easily unite the Republican Party and opponents of illegal immigration to support the Dream Act.McCain has been a long-time champion of comprehensive immigration reform.Graham cosponsored the bill with U.S. Sen. “But our country and political forces are not ready yet”.The plea on the Senate floor for the bipartisan bill has become a frequent one for the Illinois Democrat over the years. More than 720,000 young immigrants have been approved under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly known as Daca. Jeff FLake (R-AZ) and Charles Schumer (D-NY).Under the 2017 Dream Act, an immigrant would be able to qualify for legal status if they have earned a high school diploma, have not committed a felony or posed a threat to the country among other requirements. But you have some absolutely incredible kids – I would say mostly – they were brought in here in such a way. However, a representative for Durbin said he “has long believed that Dreamers should be eligible for federal financial aid”.”Sen. Graham and I have been actively engaged with the White House for weeks, if not months, in conversation about DACA, the Bridge Act and the Dream Act”, said Durbin. “Wouldn’t it be ironic if the man who started his campaign talking about illegal immigration in a very tough way would be the man who started the country on the path of solving the problem?”