President-elect Donald Trump ran on a platform of being extremely tough on immigration. One of his vows to voters was that he’d get rid of President Barack Obama’s executive actions, which could include those that provided protections to young undocumented immigrants from being deported.
One Republican lawmaker and Trump critic is now prepping legislation that would keep those protections in place in case Trump moves forward with his pledge. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said he is working with both Democrats and Republicans in order to protect immigrants, known as Dreamers, who willingly came forward to give their information in order to receive permits to work legally under Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
According to Politico, Graham stated that something needs to be done to help those who embraced DACA.
“The worst outcome is to repeal the legal status that these kids have,” Graham said Wednesday. “Whether you agree with them having it or not, they’ve come out of the shadows.”
The South Carolina Senator has said that he has at least one Republican in the Senate who supports his legislation, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). (Flake was also a vocal critic of Trump’s during the campaign.) Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has also stated that he’ll work with Graham to protect Dreamers.
Graham further said that he believes the legislation will “pass overwhelmingly.”
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