Border security hawks might be even more animated against South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s attempt to preserve President Barack Obama’s DREAM Act executive order when they discover that it would also extend the program to illegal aliens who haven’t even applied yet.
From the Huffington Post:
The Dream Act would have granted Dreamers a path to legal status, as would the 2013 immigration reform bill that Durbin and Graham helped draft. The new bill would put DACA recipients into a new type of status, “provisional protected presence,” that would last for three years from enactment. It would not be constrained to only those who currently have DACA: eligible individuals who have not yet applied could be granted provisional protected presence as well.
Advocates for illegal alien have been demanding that Obama’s order be preserved despite Trump’s electoral victory and promises to end the program. Some Republicans have shown support for the idea, too. They’re likely motivated to prevent countless headlines decrying Republicans tossing out innocent illegal aliens who were brought into the country as children by their parents.
Trump himself seemed to signal that he would be willing to consider some kind of extension of the “deportation deferral” program for those already protected, but Graham’s bill would mean more illegal aliens would be able to apply for the protections. On the other side, immigration hard-liner Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King says he would oppose any amnesty, as it would just encourage more illegal entries into the United States.
Meanwhile, the fate of the 740,000 people granted “deferral status” hangs in the balance, and clarification from Trump is eagerly anticipated.