Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) are introducing the SUCCEED Act. It offers urgently needed protection for young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. The sponsors of the bill recognize that dreamers deserve a permanent solution that gives them the opportunity to become full members of the American society. However, several of the bill’s provisions concern us, as they are unworkable and need to be fixed before we could be ok with the final version. We hope that the Senators will correct the flaws in their bill and continue their efforts to ensure passage of a bill protecting Dreamers.
These are the most problematic provisions in the SUCCEED Act:
- The bill requires Dreamers to wait an extremely long period of 15 years before they can apply for citizenship. It also excludes too many people from protection, including people with non-violent or minor traffic offenses, and besides it subjects them to expedited removal.
- The bill excludes the family of those it seeks to protect and likely blocks Dreamers who obtain lawful permanent residence from later sponsoring their children and spouses.
It weakens due process and requires Dreamers to agree up front when they apply to renounce nearly all other forms of immigration protection and relief if they violate any term of their status.
- The bill also requires nonimmigrants to waive their rights to any relief if they accidentally overstay as little as 24 hours or unintentionally violate the terms of their visa (such as a student who drops just below a full course of study).
- Also the bill restricts the President’s parole authority and eliminates existing parole programs that bring medical professionals to the United States, provide relief to former veterans, military families and other compelling populations for whom humanitarian protection has been deemed necessary by Republican and Democratic presidents.