Biden seeks to bolster legal protections for DACA recipients | Government and politics


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday unveiled a settlement aimed at fending off legal challenges to a decade-old program that protects immigrants from deportation if they arrive at a young age.

Rule is not expected to go into effect until Oct. 31, and its fate is tied to a lawsuit filed by Texas and other Republican-led states. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has been closed to new enrollees since July 2021, while the case continues in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Its 453 pages are largely technical and represent few substantive changes from the 2012 memo that created DACA, but it has been subject to public comment as part of a formal drafting process. rules designed to improve his chances of surviving lawful assembly.

President Joe Biden has said he will do “everything in my power” to protect DACA recipients while renewing a call for legislation to provide them with a pathway to citizenship.

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“Dreamers are part of the fabric of this nation,” Biden said, using a common name for young immigrants. “They never knew America except as their home.”

The rule keeps eligibility criteria the same, disappointing some DACA advocates who wanted to allow more immigrants to qualify. Applicants must show proof that they arrived in the United States at the age of 16 before June 2007.

More than 600,000 immigrants were registered with DACA at the end of March, about 80% from Mexico and much of the rest of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, according to government figures.

In July, New Orleans Court of Appeals heard arguments that ending the Obama-era program would cruelly disrupt the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who grew up to be productive, tax-paying engines of the US economy . Opponents have argued that DACA has cost taxpayers health care and other services.

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