This bill — known as the BRIDGE Act — would grant individuals who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program temporary relief from deportation and authorize them to work in the U.S. The “provisional protected presence” and work authorization would remain in effect for three years after this legislation is enacted.
Eligible applicants would have to pay a reasonable fee, go through a criminal background check, and show that they’ve satisfied certain eligibility criteria, including that they:
Came to the U.S. as minors;
Grew up in this country;
Have pursued an education;
Haven’t committed any serious crimes;
Don’t pose a threat to this country.
A person who is granted provisional protected presence could have that status revoked if the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) determines that they no longer meet the eligibility criteria. People currently covered by DACA would receive provisional protected presence until their DACA status expires, although they could apply for provisional protected presence prior to the expiration.
Individuals are eligible for DACA if they came to the U.S. illegally as children prior to January 1, 2010 and have committed no felonies or significant misdemeanors. It doesn’t provide permanent legal status or a path to citizenship, it simply offers a renewable two-year work permit and deferred action from deportation.