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Colorado's Bipartisan Senators Propose New DREAM Act

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 September 2017 08:34 PM

Two Colorado senators on Tuesday introduced a new bipartisan DREAM Act after President Donald Trump rescinded the DACA program and gave Congress six months to pass a permanent solution for the plight of nearly 800,000 people.

"Children who came to this country without documentation, through no fault of their own, must have the opportunity to remain here lawfully," said Rep. Cory Gardner, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in a statement with Democrat Michael Bennet.

Their proposal would grant "Dreamers" conditional permanent residence, followed by lawful permanent residence, if they arrived in the United States before they turned 18.

They would be allowed to graduate from high school or obtain a GED; pursue higher education, work lawfully for at least three years, or serve in the military; pass security checks; and demonstrate facility in English and a knowledge of U.S. history.

Gardner, who is in his first term, said the proposal would "provide certainty to the thousands of law-abiding Coloradan Dreamers and demonstrate bipartisan leadership on this important issue.

"I have long called for an overhaul of our country's immigration system and believe this is an important step," he said, pledging to "continue to work with Sen. Bennet and our colleagues in the Senate to move this bill forward into law."

Former President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2010 by executive order.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that President Trump would end the program, which shields illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

In 2010, the House of Representatives, which was controlled by Democrats, passed a DREAM Act, but it died in the Senate.

Republicans retook control of the House later that year and took a harder line on immigration.

Bennet was among the "Gang of Eight" bipartisan senators who sponsored a comprehensive reform immigration bill that passed in 2013.

But House Republicans refused to act on the legislation.

"The DREAM Act offers a promising solution amid a time of uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants around the country — especially in light of the president's decision today to rescind DACA," Bennet said in the statement.

"While comprehensive immigration reform should remain a long-term solution, we also need a more immediate fix to protect Dreamers."

Bennet has served the Golden State since 2009.

"I have long supported legislation that makes clear what we already know: supporting Dreamers boosts our economy, strengthens our national security, and aligns with our values. Congress must move quickly to pass this legislation."

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Two Colorado senators on Tuesday introduced a new bipartisan DREAM Act after President Donald Trump rescinded the DACA program and gave Congress six months to pass a permanent solution for the plight of nearly 800,000 people.
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