Focus at Four: Republican plan to address undocumented childhood arrivals

Republican senators have unveiled an immigration reform effort in the wake of President Donald Trump's announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would be rescinded.

The senators call their plan the SUCCEED Act--Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers Employment Education and Defending our nation. They say it will garner more support than the existing DREAM Act plan.

Luis Ponjuan from the Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development has research interests in diveristy and immigration. He himself is a naturalized citizen of the United States.

"The timeline of the whole thing limits the number of people who will be eligible," said Ponjuan of one of his concerns about the SUCCEED Act.

The new plan would only allow people who arrived before the age of 16 and before June 15, 2012, to apply. For ten years, they'd have "conditional permanent residence." Then, they'd be allowed to apply for a five-year green card. After that five years, the immigrants would be able to seek citizenship.

"For a lot of these students, they're already in through the system and already part of the American economy," said Ponjuan. "For the SUCCEED Act, what they're trying to do is appease a base. We need to think about, are we appeasing a base or are we neglecting the larger community that could be adversely affected by this type of legislation?"

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