Biden admin. says it wants to ‘preserve, fortify’ program for immigrants brought to US as kids

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A woman from Dominican republic speaks as people attend a protest supporting DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, at Foley Square in New York, on August 17, 2021. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP)

The Biden administration claims it is taking steps to “preserve and fortify” an Obama-era program offering protections for immigrants brought to US as children, known as DACA.

"The Biden-Harris administration continues to take action to protect Dreamers and recognize their contributions to this country,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.

The statement came as harrowing deportation of Haitian immigrants and refugee seekers from the US shocked the world despite outcry from human rights advocates both inside and outside the country.

“This notice of proposed rulemaking is an important step to achieve that goal. However, only Congress can provide permanent protection," Mayorkas claimed. "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 program has been at the center of a power play between liberals and conservatives in the United States.

During his first year in office, former US President Donald had tried to end the program but he faced opposition from the Supreme Court and was later ordered by a New York judge to restore it.

Back in July, a federal judge in Houston, Texas, ruled that the program was illegal, effectively halting any new applications.

The decision was made following a challenge to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, filed  by Texas and other states in 2018.

The states argued that the program violated the US constitution by undermining the Congress authority on immigration laws.

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