President Joe Biden said on Sunday he remained adamant about the need to create a U.S. citizenship path for so-called Dreamer immigrants, but it “remains to be seen” whether that will be part of a $3.5 budget move. trillion.
Biden, who returned to the White House after spending a weekend at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, said helping the Dreamers remained a priority.
“There must be a path to citizenship,” he said.
Dreamers are immigrants who are brought to the United States as children and are protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Currently, approximately 650,000 people in the US are protected by DACA.
Joe Biden spoke to reporters on Sunday as he returned to the White House after a weekend in Delaware
Biden, whose wife is returning from a trip to Tokyo to cheer for Team USA, was back at the White House on Sunday afternoon
Democrats hope to give legal status to some immigrants in the $3.5 trillion appeasement they plan to approve by a simple majority, but details have not been released.
When asked whether the appeasement measure should include the road to citizenship, Biden said it “remains to be seen.”
Senate Democratic leaders this month told other members the budget move would open the door to legislation on climate action, social spending and extending a child tax credit.
However, it remains unclear whether the Senate MP, who decides which provisions may be included in a budget package, will approve the inclusion of an immigration measure.
The DACA program, created by Barack Obama while Biden was vice president, faces new legal challenges.
Protesters call for protection of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and for immigration reform march through New York’s Chinatown neighborhood on July 23
Migrant rights advocates are seen in Houston, Texas on July 19, making a “unity clap” and chanting “Isang Bagsak” to symbolize solidarity in Tagalog. The practice dates back to the time when Mexican and Filipino farm workers led by Cesar Chavez came together to demand labor rights
US District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas sided on July 16 with a group of states that had filed suit to end the program, arguing that it was illegally created by Obama in 2012.
Biden last week pledged to keep the DACA program and urged Congress to provide a path to citizenship.
DACA protects recipients from deportation, grants them work permits and access to driver’s licenses, and in some cases increased access to financial aid for education. It offers no path to citizenship.
People protected under DACA are primarily young Hispanic adults born in Mexico and countries in Central and South America.
On Thursday, Kamala Harris, the vice president, received DACA recipients and dreamers following the Texas ruling.
Vice President Kamala Harris held a meeting with DACA recipients and other so-called Dreamers on Thursday after a Texas federal court ruled the program illegal.
“I want to make it clear to the dreamers who are here and those who watch from home: This is your house, this is your house, and we see you and you are not alone,” Harris assured the group, speaking to the press prior to the meeting.
The vice president told those in the meeting that the Texas court ruling “will not immediately affect current DACA recipients, as well as endanger hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.” But our board is taking action.’
Biden promised to appeal the ruling, calling the decision “very disappointing.”
The Obama administration created and implemented the DACA program in 2012, which was almost immediately denounced by Republicans as illegally circumventing immigration laws.
Donald Trump, and border hawks on his team, pledged to get rid of DACA and other programs he said encouraged illegal immigration.
A group of Republican states has filed a lawsuit to finally end the program that protects immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation.
Hanen sided with the states. He said the program violates the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) because Obama implemented it by executive order and blocks new applications.
Harris’s team said her meeting on Thursday was part of the government’s larger plan to address the border crisis and the US immigration system in general.
Biden has experienced the worst crisis on the southern border in recent history, with a record number of meetings per month since March, with no sign of slowing down.