Bipartisan Legislation Would Protect Young Immigrants
December 9, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bipartisan legislation to be introduced today would temporarily protect young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children.
The BRIDGE Act, to be introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and co-sponsored by Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California), would provide temporary protection from deportation, as well as work authorization, for individuals who have received or are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). BRIDGE stands for Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy.
With the incoming administration’s threats to end President Obama’s executive actions, this legislation would allow DACA recipients to continue to contribute to their communities while Congress debates broader immigration legislation.
“This bipartisan legislation represents an important first step toward addressing young immigrants who are contributing to the country they know as home,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “The bill’s protections, which warrant careful consideration, would be only temporary, and this is only one piece of a much larger puzzle. We hope to work with the Trump administration and the 115th Congress to address the immigration system broadly so that it benefits all American workers, including immigrants.”