President Joe Biden has responded to Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by calling it “disappointing.” In President Biden’s statement, he explained that the current ruling does not “affect current DACA recipients,” but that it does “relegate hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to an uncertain future.”
In addition to expressing how he feels regarding Hanen’s recent ruling, President Biden also stated that the Department of Justice plans on appealing the decision “in order to preserve and fortify DACA.” While President Biden’s actions may help to provide the program with some “stability,” only an act by Congress can “ensure a permanent solution by granting a path to citizenship for Dreamers.”
President Biden Urges Congress to Act Quickly
In President Biden’s statement, he stated that he has requested in the past that Congress pass the American Dream and Promise Act, but given Hanen’s recent decision to stop the processing of all new DACA applications, he is “renewing that call with the greatest urgency.”
What is the American Dream and Promise Act?
The American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 “provides certain aliens with a path to receive permanent resident status.” The bill, which has only been passed by the House, allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Department of Justice (DOJ) to “provide conditional permanent resident status for 10 years to a qualifying alien who entered the U.S. as a minor” and meets any of the following criteria:
- They can be deported or are considered inadmissible.
- They have “deferred enforced departure (DED) status or temporary protected status (TPS).”
- They are “the child of certain classes of nonimmigrants.”
To read more about the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 or to monitor its progress, click here.
The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen is Here to Address Any DACA-Related Questions or Concerns
After Judge Hanen ruled that the DACA program is illegal which prompted U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and DHS to stop processing new applications, many individuals are left worried and concerned.
If an individual recently submitted a new DACA application and has questions concerning what will happen to their application, they are encouraged to contact the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen to discuss this with a Texas immigration lawyer. Attorney J. Joseph Cohen can answer questions regarding the DACA program or help an individual resolve an immigration-related issue.
To speak with an experienced immigration attorney in Texas, contact the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen at 210-503-2800.
The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen can be reached at:
310 South St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2100
San Antonio, Texas 78205