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Several senators and representatives have introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections for students at colleges or universities throughout the nation.
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) are the lead Senate sponsors for the legislation, S.128, known as the BRIDGE Act. Other original co-sponsors include Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Kamala Harris (D-CA).
The lead sponsors for the House companion bill, H.R.496, are Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). Original co-sponsors of the House bill include Jeff Denham (R-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Carlos L. Curbelo (R-FL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Judy Chu (D-CA).
Many on campus have called for protection for undocumented or DACA students, similar to what this legislation includes. The BRIDGE Act would extend "provisional protected presence" to DACA-eligible individuals for three years after the date the legislation is enacted.
As with DACA, applicants would be required to pay a fee, be subject to criminal background checks, and have to meet other eligibility criteria–like indicating that they came to the U.S. as minors, grew up in this country, have pursued an education, have not committed any serious crimes, and do not pose a threat to our country.