Migration of family members is not included in the Succeed Act, an immigration proposal to address people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, according to Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., Wednesday on "Fox & Friends."
"We outline that there's no special privileges that come to any family member during this 15-year time period that they go through," Lankford said, referring to the Succeed Act proposal, which allows the possibility of a five-year waiver, then check-ins for 10 years before allowing those in the program to be eligible for full citizenship.
"The earliest you can have naturalization is 15 years, and you have got to earn your way to get there.
"If they are committed to America, which many of these students are, then they go through naturalization. At that point, they could apply for their parents. If their parents are already here, their parents have to return to their home country for 10 years before they can apply, because if they've been in this country for more than a year, they're ineligible to be able to have a quick citizenship connection," Lankford said.
Lankford's proposal applies to those who have been in the U.S. for five years. "We're not trying to incentivize future illegal immigration, we're trying to stop future illegal immigration," he said.
Lankford said that President Donald Trump approves of his proposal as part of an immigration policy. "He said this is exactly what I'm looking for on it. But it's got to be partnered with larger border security, border control, interior enforcement visa … we absolutely agree on that as well."
A wide majority — 86 percent — of Americans said those in the DACA program should be allowed to stay in the U.S., according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday.
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