A Texas court suspends ability of ‘dreamers’ to apply for DACA protection
The Biden administration is moving to rework the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy after a Texas court invalidated the policy.
“The Biden-Harris administration continues to take action to protect the Dreamers and recognize their contributions to this country,” said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas. said in a statement.
The court suspended the ability of “dreamers” to apply for DACA protection, a departure from a 2012 ruling that found the policy violated the Administrative Procedure Act, but continued to allow protection for 600,000 people. Those who were already in the United States and were unable to obtain legal status.
Meyerkas said the plan to revamp DACA was “a step towards achieving” protections for Dreamers, though he added that “only Congress can provide permanent protection.”
“I support the inclusion of immigration reform in the reconciliation bill and urge Congress to act swiftly to give Dreamers the legal status they need and deserve,” Meyerkas said.
The Obama-era policy has faced both legal and political backlash since it was adopted in 2012, most recently when former President Trump attempted to scrap the policy in 2017. The effort was stalled in the courts, which ruled that Trump did not properly end the policy. .
President Biden signed an executive order aimed at bolstering the program soon after taking office, triggering another round of legal battles.
Democrats have also tried legislative routes to make the program permanent, including an effort to grant 8 million green cards as part of a controversial $3.5 trillion spending bill.
But that effort was halted by Senate MP Elizabeth McDonough, who ruled that the proposal could not be included in the budget reconciliation process.