A top Republican senator has challenged Donald Trump to make “a moral decision” on the fate of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, part of a revamped bipartisan push to grant permanent residency to so-called Dreamers.
South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham notified at a press conference for the President to open a new recurrence of legislation known as the Dream Act. The thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the US as children now have support of South Carolina senator and Illinois senator Dick Durbin, who suggest grant the “Dreamers” citizenship, if they have been the US residents for a long time
In respond, the White House administration has opposed the Dream Act.
“President Trump, you’re going to have to make a decision,” Graham said. “The campaign is over.”
“The question for the Republican party is, what do we tell people? How do we treat them?” he added. “Here’s my answer: we treat them fairly. We do not pull the rug out from under them.”
Graham and Durbin have been supporting immigration for more than 10 years, also they were a part of a bipartisan group of senators that put a lot of efforts to an immigration reform bill in 2013.
The 2017 Dream Act qualify for legal status those immigrants who live in the US since childhood but have not citizenship. “We don’t believe that young people should be held responsible for the errors or the illegal actions of their parents,” Durbin said.
To gain citizenship the immigrants must receive higher education, serve in the military or lawfully work for at least three years. Just like those, who take naturalization test, they must show proficiency in English and History.
In 2012 Barack Obama granted to Dreamers a temporal residence status to over 720,000 immigrants.