Since the election of President Trump and with the fate of the 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) recipients in question, five separate legislative proposals have been introduced in Congress in an attempt to resolve the DACA issue. The pending bills, the Dream Act of 2017, Recognizing America’s Children Act, the American Hope Act, the BRIDGE Act and the newest proposal, the Succeed Act, each have their own set of criteria, with four out of five of the proposals offering pathways to citizenship.
As discussed in this author’s previous article, on Sept. 5, the Trump Administration rescinded DACA. President Trump gave Congress six months to find a solution protecting the 800,000 Dreamers from deportation and preserving the lives that they built for themselves in reliance on their DACA permit. The six-month window closes on March 5, 2018. To date, Congress has not reached an agreement regarding DACA. However, in anticipation of Trump’s canceling DACA, a promise on which he campaigned, several options have been presented to Congress for consideration.