DACA will be codified through a rule proposed by the Biden administration.
Two months after a judge in Texas found the migrant program illegal, the Biden administration submitted a new rule on Monday that would tighten the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The proposed regulation, according to the Department of Homeland Security, alters the existing DACA filing procedure and codifies and clarifies the department’s information sharing and use policy.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said, “The Biden-Harris administration continues to take steps to safeguard Dreamers and acknowledge their contributions to this country.”
“This notice of proposed rulemaking is a critical step in that direction. Only Congress, however, can guarantee long-term protection. I believe immigration reform should be included in the reconciliation measure, and I urge Congress to act quickly to give Dreamers the legal status they deserve.”
In July, a federal court ordered the Biden administration to cease granting new DACA applications, stating that the program is unconstitutional because states shoulder the additional costs of providing healthcare, education, and law enforcement protection to recipients. In 2018, Texas and eight other states sued the federal government to repeal DACA.
The Biden administration committed to challenge the Texas judge’s judgment and said it planned to strengthen the program by enacting new rules.
Undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as youngsters are protected by DACA, which allows them to avoid deportation and acquire renewable work permits.
The proposed rule from the Department of Homeland Security will be open for public comment for 60 days.
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