Bipartisan Congressional Budget Agreement that Includes DACA

Defend DACA

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.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) is a caucus member who unveiled the full Problem Solvers Caucus Agreement, which among other issues details the following proposals for DACA:

DACA Solution

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

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 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.

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