Homeland Security Issuing New DACA Rules

Only Congress can provide permanent protection.

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security is publishing a 205-page proposed rule in the Federal Register that recreates the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, following a federal judge’s decision over the summer that the current program is illegal.

In a statement issued Monday morning, Secretary Mayorkas said, “The Biden-Harris Administration continues to take action to protect Dreamers and recognize their contributions to this country. This notice of proposed rulemaking is an important step to achieve that goal. However, only Congress can provide permanent protection.”

Approximately 600,000 people have been approved for DACA since it was first created in 2012 by then-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Texas and eight other states filed lawsuits in 2018 over the legitimacy of the program.

After the proposed new rules are published in the Federal Register, the public will have 60 days for comment and a legal review of the program.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Mayorkas as he seeks to protect those who have entered the country under DACA.
  • For Congress to work on immigration reform, including the status of persons brought into the U.S. as children.
  • For the president’s administration as the influx of migrants continues, including large numbers of unaccompanied minors.

Sources: Washington Examiner, DHS.gov,  Law360


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