The Biden administration Monday released its proposed measure to preserve and fortify an Obama-era program that protects “dreamers” from deportation after a federal judge declared the original initiative illegal.
The controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects young immigrants from deportation and allows them to work in the U.S., is expected to be on stronger if not sure footing with a regulation on the books.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, halted the program for new applicants in mid-July, and cast doubt on its future for its more than 600,000 participants. That ruling is being appealed.
Democratic plans to include a DACA measure in the budget reconciliation process were foiled by the U.S. Senate Parliamentarian on Sept. 19 when she concluded the provisions policy goals outweighed its budgetary impact, rendering it ineligible for inclusion in the larger package .