The 4 bills Congress is seriously considering to protect ‘dreamers’
Mark us down as skeptical that Congress will act to give “dreamers” some kind of legalized status. President Trump's ask that lawmakers fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program within six months comes to the doorstep of an extraordinarily dysfunctional Congress that is battling itself just to keep the government open and avoid an economically disastrous credit default.
If Congress does decide to act to protect dreamers, here are four of the likeliest legislative fixes.
What it does: Allows dreamers to earn legal status by serving in the military.
Introduced by: Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.). It has more than 200 co-sponsors, spread out evenly from both parties, easily the most popular bill on this list.
Handicap: Well, during the campaign, Trump expressed minimal support for it, and has not mentioned it since. “I could see myself working that out, absolutely,” he said at an NBC “Commander in Chief Forum.”
But Denham himself said this bill is not the best way to protect all dreamers (since many may not want to, or be qualified to, serve in the military). “It's not the solution. It's a part of the solution,” he told NPR on Tuesday.