Biden administration to 'take action to protect Dreamers' after court rules against DACA
The Biden administration announced plans on Monday to recreate DACA, the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This comes as a Texas court ruled that the policy, which undertakes to fast-track those for citizenship who were brought to the US illegally by their parents as children.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that the "Dreamers," as they are known, would be protected, according to The Hill.
The Texas judge said that the program, in effect since 2012, was a violation of the Administrative Procedures Act. The ruling allowed benefits to stay in place for about 600,000 "Dreamers," who do not yet have legal status. In jeopardy, however, are future applications under DACA.
In making the ruling, Judge Andrew Hanen acknowledged that those who are part of the DACA program are dependent on the benefits of that program, such as deferral from deportation, work permits, and international travel allowances, simply to exist and function in the US.