Biden administration takes new steps to preserve Obama-era DACA immigration program

The Biden administration took steps Monday to preserve an Obama-era program which gives protections for immigrants brought into the USA illegally as children. 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the notice of rulemaking proposed to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The program was established in 2012 and seeks to protect children brought to the US undocumented. This notice comes after a judged ruled DACA as illegal and violating the Constitution, stating it undermined Congress’s authority over immigration laws. The Biden administration then appealed on this ruling (USA Today). 

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas commented on the DACA program and rulemaking stating “The notice of the proposed rulemaking is an important step to achieve that goal. However, only Congress can provide permanent protection. I support the inclusion of immigration reform in the reconciliation bill and urge Congress to act swiftly to provide Dreamers the legal status they need and deserve.”

The proposal also comes after President Joe Biden’s immigration has come under controversy and scrutinized by both Democrats and Republicans. In the past week 14,000 Haitian migrants were held at a camp under a bridge at the Border in Del Rio, Texas. About 4,000 of them were removed from the country. However, Mayorkas recently stated that at least 12,000 have been released into the United States.

As of March 30, there are 616,030 DACA recipients, a majority whom are from Mexico, and many are now adults (Newsmax). The proposed rule will not protect those who are children of long-term visa holders who have waited years for a green card. The new proposed rule by DHS will go through a public comment period for 60 days and will be published to the Federal Register on Tuesday (CNN). 




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