Collins Urges Congress To Act Immediately On DACA Solution

His bill would provide five years conditional legal status

Richard Root
September 07, 2017 - 6:03 am
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Washington, DC (WBEN) - Representative Chris Collins says a bill he is co-sponsoring would solve the DACA issue and is urging Congress to take action on it immediately.

Earlier this week, Collins told WBEN he always supported Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

"I think most Americans understand these are kids who were brought here, minor children brought here by their parents, " Collin said on this past Tuesday, "in many cases this is the only country they've known. In most cases English is the language they speak."

Collins says he is co-sponsoring a bill by Representative Carlos Curbelo of Florida called the Recognizing America's Children, or "RAC", act.

The bill would provide a five year conditional legal status to the so-called dreamers as long as they get some sort of higher education, stay employed or serve in the military.  They could get permanent legal status if they demonstrate good moral character, which includes not getting arrested and staying off welfare for five years.

He does think his bill stands a chance in making it to the president's desk, saying he thinks enough Democrats would support it and most Republicans would sign on.

The bill does not establish a path to citizenship as it is currently written.

"That's something we have to discuss," Collins told MSNBC's Chuck Todd, "that's not clearly in the bill, and I'm open to that, I've always been open to that for the dreamers who were brought here by their parents."

Collins said in a statement released last night “I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to create long-term certainty for these individuals.”

The entire Recognizing America’s Children Act can be read HERE.

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