In a new proposed bipartisan bill, several U.S. senators are looking to find a compromise solution to issues related to border security, as well as help for DREAMers (immigrants who were born outside of this country, but came to the U.S. at a young age.) The bill, if passed, would introduce a number of dramatic changes aimed at reducing the number of immigrants in detention facilities, as well as introduce a potential path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. However, the bill faces an uphill battle to obtain passage, with some members of the House and Senate already announcing their opposition.
In a recent announcement, the Biden Administration announced it will be formalizing a rule to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This rule, once made into an official regulation, will help to protect hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. It may also help to protect the program from legal challenges that have threatened to undermine it.
A federal appeals court is set to hear an appeal from a Texas district court case that would, if upheld, invalidate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The case has many concerned about the fate of DREAMers, who might lose their legal status if the ruling is upheld. If that happens, it could have a profound impact on the immigration system, and have further consequences on the authority of the executive branch to handle immigration matters.