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October 06, 2017

SUCCEED Act Statement for the Record

Human Rights First urges Senators to reject S.1852, the “Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers, Employment, Education and Defending our Nation Act” (SUCCEED ACT), introduced last week by Senators Thom Tillis and James Lankford.

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Human Rights First has serious concerns about the legal and humanitarian impact of this SUCCEED Act. Senator Tillis’ two-page fact sheet describes the bill as a “solution to address the legal uncertainty facing undocumented children.” The SUCCEED Act, however, not only introduces new legal uncertainty by creating a difficult and lengthy pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, but also includes provisions which may force asylum seekers to spend months or longer in detention and ask Dreamers to sign away their rights to seek asylum and other forms of immigration relief.