Sen. Graham Preparing Bill To Protect "DREAMers"
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - With President-elect Donald Trump expected to revoke President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Sen.
Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is reportedly readying legislation to extend legal protections for previously undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children.
A report from Politico said Graham is working on a bill to protect the immigrants who came forward and gave personal information to the federal government and went through background checks.
"The worst outcome is to repeal the legal status that these kids have," Graham said. "Whether you agree with them having it or not, they've come out of the shadows."
Graham said he is working with both Democrats and Republicans on the potential legislation, which would not be rolled out until the new Congress next year.
According to Politico, the plan discussed by Graham would only apply to the immigrants approved under the Obama administration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
"It's going to be basically, if you have legal status, you'll continue legal status," Graham said. "I think it would pass overwhelmingly."
In a speech on the Senate floor on Thursday, outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urged Republicans to pass legislation protecting the young immigrants known as "DREAMers" or risk squandering their huge economic benefits to the country.
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