Republican “Succeed Act” Falls Short of the Protections Immigrant Youth Need

United We Dream Press Releases

Washington, DC – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Succeed Act in response to the growing fallout from Trump’s decision to kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) which protected many immigrant youths from deportation and provided them with work permits. The bill comes after the introduction of the bi-partisan Dream Act, which immigrant youth have called for since Trump’s DACA decision.

In response, Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director at United We Dream and DACA beneficiary, said:

“Senators should stop playing politics and pass a clean Dream Act now.

“Since Trump killed DACA, Republican leaders in the House have created an anti-immigrant committee to deliberate the problem and now Republican Senators have created a new, partisan bill which leaves out many immigrant youths, requires us to sign away our day in court and walk on eggshells for 15 years.

“We demand a real solution to clean up the extreme danger that Republicans have put us in. Our focus has been clear from the beginning: pass a clean Dream Act which doesn’t hurt our parents or others in our community. The Dream Act is bipartisan, has a long history of support, includes young people who came to the U.S. as minors and is fair. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel and every reason to get to work on what is right.”