Democratic and Republican senators reportedly are writing legislation that would put a limit on how many people President-elect Donald Trump would be allowed to deport if he reverses President Obama’s executive orders concerning illegal immigration.
GRAHAM & DURBIN
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., are working on a bill allowing children who are in the U.S. illegally to stay if they have grown up in the country and have not had significant run-ins with the law, The Hill and Politico reported.
PROTECTION FOR CHILDREN
Durbin, Graham and other lawmakers are worried that if Trump cancels Obama’s executive action protecting the children of undocumented immigrants from deportation, it would result in chaos for hundreds of thousands of young people.
CAN’T BLAME KIDS
“You can’t blame these kids for coming here, you can’t blame these kids for coming out of the shadows,” Graham told The Hill. “They’re out of the shadows, and now we know who they are. If we cancel the executive order, what happens to them? We deport them all?”
Graham has previously told reporters that he is predominantly troubled for children who applied for protection under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, that Trump vowed during the campaign to undo. Trump has changed a number of his policy positions since winning the election last month.
According to the secretary of homeland security, DACA allows certain undocumented immigrants to apply for renewable two-year deferred action from deportation as well as work permits eligibility. The policy was for those people who came to the U.S. before turning 16 years old and lived continuously in the U.S. from June 15, 2007, until the present time.
The predicted Graham-Durbin legislation is meant to be a temporary solution until Congress passes wide-ranging immigration reform that deals with the polarizing issue of undocumented residents.
Graham, a fairly moderate Republican on immigration issues, ran against Trump for the Republican Party’s nomination and refused to endorse the billionaire businessman after his victory. It’s unclear what support, if any, such a measure could get from the Republican leadership in the House and Senate.