Sens. John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D., Del.) are expected to introduce legislation Monday which would create a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and tightened border security measures, but which would omit President Donald Trump’s much-desired border wall.
The bill would be a Senate companion to a bill introduced early last month in the House of Representatives by Reps. Pete Aguilar (D., Calif.) and Will Hurd (R., Texas). That bill, the Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act, currently has a bipartisan group of 54 co-sponsors in the House—27 Democrats and 27 Republicans.
The USA Act, as introduced by Aguilar and Hurd, would grant long-term permanent resident status and a path to citizenship to many recipients of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protected from deportation many illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors. The Trump administration began to phase DACA out last September, with Trump calling on Congress to create a more permanent, legislative solution for its some 800,000 recipients.
McCain and Coons’s bill would afford a path to citizenship for young immigrants who have lived in the United States since before Dec. 31, 2013, according to the Wall Street Journal. That would mean a larger number than either the total number of DACA recipients or the number—1.8 million—that the White House proposed to amnesty in its own immigration plan.
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