Republican senators offer conservative alternative to DREAM Act

Republican senators on Monday introduced what they call the “conservative alternative” to the DREAM Act that would still protect hundreds of thousands of young people brought illegally into the United States.

The senators announced the plan as Congress negotiates over a new DREAM Act, meant to enshrine protections for young illegal immigrants under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals plan that President Trump has ended.

The alternative plan, called the SUCCEED Act, is being touted by GOP Sens. Thom Tillis, of North Carolina; James Lankford, of Oklahoma; and Orrin Hatch, of Utah.

“I want to stay focused on … providing a solution for these children,” Tillis said in introducing the bill Monday on Capitol Hill. “I want to make it clear that I’m genuinely interested in talking to anybody interested in a solution.”

Tillis also said he’s open to a bipartisan effort, despite the bill being considered a conservative-leaning plan.

The senators call the bill a compassionate, merit-based solution to help those protected by the Obama-era DACA program.

Among the requirements for program beneficiaries is that they either maintain a job, serve in the…

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