Lindsey Graham Teams Up With Democrat on Immigration Bill

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( – Sen. Lindsey Graham is once again moving away from the conservative base of the Republican party with his push to introduce the DREAM Act of 2023.

Along with Senate Judiciary Committee chair Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the Graham wants to introduce a bill that would allow illegal immigrants who had been brought to the US as children to gain permanent residence if they meet the education or work requirements set.

This is not the first time that Durbin and Graham have introduced this legislation. Identical legislation to this was also introduced during the previous three Congress sessions by the two. Graham, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, has consistently expressed his support of such legislation, so long as it is accompanied by changes that would help deal with the southern border crisis.

In a news release on February 10, Graham said that he continued to support Dreamers and that he was hopeful that they could collaborate with his Democratic colleagues to find solutions that would help ease the border crisis. He added that Dreamers were brought into the country as children by their parents and the US has “become their home.”

Durbin first introduced an early version of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM Act, in 2001, but it has never managed to pass through the Senate.

In 2012, President Barack Obama issued an executive order for the establishment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program which allowed dreamers to have a renewable two-year deferred period for deportation, during which time they could gain a work permit.

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