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N.C. Sen. Tillis to introduce bill addressing President's expected DACA proposal

Sen, Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced on Tuesday that he plans to introduce a bill addressing the legal status of undocumented children.

Sen, Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced on Tuesday that he plans to introduce a bill addressing the legal status of undocumented children.

It comes as President Donald Trump is expected to announce a plan to remove the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

In a statement, Sen. Tillis said “Immigration policy must be set through legislation, not executive orders. That was the fundamental flaw underpinning DACA and the reason it’s highly unlikely to survive a legal challenge. President Trump is wisely giving Congress a period of time to fulfill its responsibility to legislate and take long-term action to address the uncertainty facing undocumented children, who were brought to America through no fault of their own."


According to the statement, Sen. Tillis will introduce the legislation in the next week. He says it will "provide a fair and rigorous path for undocumented children to earn legal status by requiring them to be employed, pursue higher education, or serve in our Armed Forces."

Immigration policy must be set through legislation, not executive orders. That was the fundamental flaw underpinning DACA and the reason it’s highly unlikely to survive a legal challenge. President Trump is wisely giving Congress a period of time to fulfill its responsibility to legislate and take long-term action to address the uncertainty facing undocumented children, who were brought to America through no fault of their own.
“In the next week, I’ll be introducing legislation that will provide a fair and rigorous path for undocumented children to earn legal status by requiring them to be employed, pursue higher education, or serve in our Armed Forces. I know this kind of commonsense legislative fix can and should unite members of Congress, and I’ll be working closely with my colleagues on the path forward. It’s up to my Democratic colleagues to decide whether they want a permanent solution or to make this a political wedge issue. I hope they’ll choose bipartisanship.

The plan announced by the conservative North Carolina Senator is getting mixed reviews on Twitter.

According to the Associated Press, two people familiar with Trump's decision making said Sunday that the president was preparing to announce an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, but with a six-month delay intended to give Congress time to pass legislation that would address the status of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants covered by the program.


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