Republicans introduce conservative DACA fix that offers path to citizenship

The bill would offer qualified applicants a 15-year path to citizenship.

— -- Two Republican senators have introduced a new bill that addresses the status of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, potentially offering them a 15-year path to citizenship.

Under the proposal, Dreamers would have "conditional permanent residence" for 10 years before becoming eligible to apply for a green card, and that status could be renewed after five years. Dreamers would only be able to apply for citizenship after holding a green card for five years.

Lankford told reporters the president had said of the SUCCEED Act: "'That's the right way to go.'"

"We think it's a balanced resolution for a vexing problem that hasn't been solved for 30 years, and we'll have to take the hits," Tillis responded when asked to address the expected criticism of the SUCCEED Act.

Republicans have begun internal discussions about possible legislative proposals on border security and the status of Dreamers as well.

Tillis and Lankford said they don't see their proposal as a standalone bill, and want to see it incorporated into a larger agreement.

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