Recognizing America‚Äôs Children Act would permit young undocumented immigrants, often referred to as Dreamers, who were brought to the U.S. as children and have lived here since at least January 1, 2012, to gain a five-year ‚Äúconditional permanent resident‚Äù status if they pursue vocational or higher education, enlist in the military or are gainfully employed, and meet other requirements.
The RAC Act is a Republican-led bill that could provide more than 750,000 young immigrants participating in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), as well as other eligible young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children, the opportunity to earn a legal status.
The bill would create a five-year ‚Äúconditional permanent resident‚Äù status for young undocumented immigrants that would protect them from deportation, allow them to work legally in the United States and permit them to travel outside the country. To qualify for ‚Äúconditional permanent resident‚Äù status, young undocumented immigrants would need to meet the following requirements:
If these requirements are met ‚ÄúConditional permanent resident‚Äù status can be extended once for a second period of five years by meeting one of the following requirements:
As soon as the ‚Äúconditional permanent resident‚Äù status is extended, recipients could apply to become a lawful permanent resident (green-card holder) if they continue to meet the requirements set in the bill. Recipients enlisted in the military could apply for naturalization immediately after obtaining lawful permanent resident status.
Under the bill, a recipient‚Äôs ‚Äúconditional permanent resident status‚Äù would be revoked if he or she failed to continue to meet all of the bill‚Äôs requirements.
STATUS: Referred to the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.
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