A bipartisan group of lawmakers – 48 in total – known as the Problem Solvers Caucus has revealed a new plan aimed at resolving the government funding debate, including issues related to DACA.
Pathway to Earned Citizenship:
- 12 years, with up to 2 years of credit for time with DACA (10 years)
- Dreamers with conditional permanent resident status would not be eligible for federal means-tested benefits in accordance with current federal law
- Must have entered the U.S. by June 15, 2012
- Bar for convictions of specified crimes, which cannot be waived in any circumstances; INA criminal bars can only be waived on a case-by-case basis, for humanitarian purposes or when in the public interest; the Secretary must submit quarterly reports to Congress on the number of waiver requests and how many were granted.
- Must have satisfied any Federal tax liability accrued since receiving work authorization under DACA, with an option to enroll in a payment plan.
DACA (Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals) has been a major issue in passing a 2018 federal budget. Congress has been unable to find a solution to DACA and other issues that block funding. The short-term government funding bill expires on February 8, deepening the importance of removing obstacles to passing a fiscal budget.
See more information on the proposed DACA solution, and proposals to other issues related to government funding, on Countable, the source of this information.