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GOP Says Dream Act Incentivizes Border Surge After Joe Biden Accused of Inviting Crisis

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Republicans have said a new immigration bill offering a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented migrants will only deepen the ongoing border crisis and further incentivize illegal immigration.

After the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act in a near party-line vote on Thursday night, Republican lawmakers in the lower chamber warned that the move would deal “permanent damage” to the U.S. immigration system.

The new bill offers undocumented migrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, a group known as Dreamers, a new pathway to citizenship for at least the next ten years, so long as they pass background checks and meet education and employment conditions.

Migrants with temporary protected status will be offered a similar pathway to citizenship, so long as they apply for permanent resident status within three years of the bill’s passage.

Although the bill has no direct impact on current border enforcement, Republicans argue that the generous offer will only encourage a greater flow of migrants to the southern border.

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