Read the latest literature regarding diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and in our nation. This month, we will look at the administration’s support for DACA students.
Biden Administration Proposes New Rule to Protect DACA from Litigation (Insight Staff, insightintodiversity.com, Sept. 27, 2021) focuses on the new rule proposal to be published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from future legal objections.
The new policy looks to “preserve and fortify” DACA by addressing public concerns on how the program was implemented, according to an announcement by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
DACA was enacted in 2012 by President Barack Obama to allow undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, also known as “Dreamers,” to remain in the country without facing the threat of deportation. Since its inception, DACA has faced ongoing litigation, often from conservative state lawmakers who object to the program’s legitimacy.
In July 2021, a Texas judge ruled that the program was “unlawful” because the Obama administration failed to adhere to the federal rulemaking process, which violates the Administrative Procedures Act. While the ruling did not affect benefits for the more than 600,000 DACA recipients in the U.S., it blocked future applications from young immigrants seeking legal status.
To satisfy concerns raised in the lawsuit, the Biden administration’s proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register and undergo a 60-day public comment period.
“The Biden-Harris Administration continues to take action to protect Dreamers and recognize their contributions to this country,” Mayorkas said in a statement. “This notice of proposed rulemaking is an important step to achieve that goal. However, only Congress can provide permanent protection.”
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