Since President Trump’s announcement on the rescission of the Obama-era program known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Congress is taking action to review ways to support these immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, or are currently children.
Georgia’s U.S. Senator David Perdue wants to use the RAISE Act as a possible solution for DACA immigrants. The RAISE Act introduces a merit-based plan to rebalance the immigration system.
“President Obama acted outside of his constitutional authority when he unilaterally changed our immigration laws through executive order. It is clear President Trump and Attorney General Sessions are committed to tackling the problems with our broken immigration system. Moving forward, it is imperative that any immigration proposals considered by Congress protect the interests of working Americans, including immigrants. We cannot repeat the mistakes of the past with a comprehensive immigration bill that does not work. The RAISE Act’s changes to our legal immigration system should be part of the solution. I will continue working with Senator Cotton and my colleagues to advance this merit-based system that is pro-worker, pro-growth, and proven to work.”
This creates an attractive possibility for supporters of the RAISE Act, namely if the GOP packages the bill with a DREAM-style amnesty for unauthorized immigrants who entered the country as children. Some opponents seem open to a compromise along such lines.
While those who support increasing immigration levels might not like combining an amnesty with cuts to legal immigration, such a move would represent a huge gain for the Dreamers and the GOP can make steps toward a tighter more rational immigration system.