"This is an effort by Sen. Graham and myself to have a bipartisan answer to the question about what happens to these 800,000 and others like them while we debate the future of immigration," Durbin said.
He added that hundreds of thousands of immigrants have a "concern and a fear" about what will happen to them if Trump roles back Obama's executive action.
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The legislation would allow undocumented immigrants who are eligible for DACA to apply for "provisional protected status" if they pay a fine and undergo a background check.
The law would sunset after three years.
"If you have DACA now you would receive provisional protected status until your DACA expires and you can apply for an extension," Durbin said.
The legislation won't pass the Senate this year, with lawmakers expected to leave town as soon as Friday. Durbin indicated Friday they would reintroduce the bill early next year.
Graham announced late last month that he was working on the bill with Durbin, arguing it would buy "Dreamers" time as lawmakers try to pass a broader comprehensive immigration bill.
Graham urged Trump to back the bill on Friday, arguing it would help pave the way to provide legal status through "the proper constitutional process."
“They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen," he told Time magazine.
Trump came under fire during the campaign for taking a hard-line on immigration, pledging to deport roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants. He's walked that back since, noting he would focus primarily on those with criminal records.
Friday's legislation was quickly endorsed by outside groups.
Frank Sharry, the executive director of America’s Voice, called the bill an "important step."
It's unclear if, or when, the Graham-Durbin bill could be taken up next year.
Asked about moving DACA legislation next year, Sen. John CornynJohn CornynHouse passes bill to expedite financial disclosures from judges McConnell leaves GOP in dark on debt ceiling Congress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default MORE (R-Texas) told reporters Thursday that it was a "question of sequence" and that it should come after border security.
"But I don't think [Trump is] interested in hurting the children who came with their parents," he said. "They're not culpable of anything. I think there needs be a reasonable way to deal with, and I think he's indicated he's open to that."
House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' MORE (R-Wis.) added separately that Republicans won't "pull the rug out from under” undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.