In Congress' hands 

Various bills have been sponsored to give the DREAMers legal status. Here's a roundup:

The American Hope Act is supported by Arizona's Democratic Sen. Raul Grijalva along with 116 members of the Democratic Caucus.

Dreamers could apply for conditional permanent status, which would lead to a Green Card after three years. Time they've already had with DACA would count toward that three-year conditional period

After five years of conditional and permanent status, they would be eligible for U.S. citizenship.

They would be able to pay in-state tuition to college and access college loans.

The legislation would not consider educational level, military service or work history.

The Dream Act of 2017 is sponsored by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. The White House has said it's unlikely they will support this bill.

Some Dreamers would have a path to citizenship or permanent legal resident status.

Qualifications include having lived in the U.S. a certain amount of time and meeting certain educational, work or military-service requirements.

It would take 13 years or more to gain citizenship.

Recognizing America's Children Act is supported by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ02) and 28 other Republican representatives.

The legislation provides a pathway to legal status through either higher education, service in the armed forces or employment.

After 10 years, they could apply for citizenship.

BRIDGE Act is sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Coffman. It stands for Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream and Grow our Economy.

This would more or less continue the current DACA program for three years.

Legal status would be dependent on education level or service in the armed forces.

It provides no path to citizenship.

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