Washington, D.C. — On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a new rule for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The proposed rule comes after a federal judge in Texas ended DACA for first-time applicants in July as part of a lawsuit led by Attorney General Ken Paxton and Republican Attorneys General from eight other states.
Beginning today, the public can submit comments in response to the proposed DACA rule. The Home Is Here Coalition is steadfast in our commitment to fight for citizenship and freedom for all immigrant families and communities, while defending programs that keep our communities from deportation. We are urging directly impacted folks and allies to use this comment period to remind the Biden administration that DACA is not enough and that they must deliver citizenship for millions this year.
The Home Is Here Coalition — representing 100+ organizations across the country — released the following statement:
“This summer, tens of thousands of DACA-eligible young people had their lives put in limbo yet again when Judge Hanen sided with Republicans’ cruel, anti-immigrant attacks and ended DACA for first-time applicants. Far too many immigrant young people have been waiting years to apply for DACA since Trump ended the program and planned their lives with the hope that they would get a second chance at getting DACA after our 2020 victory at the Supreme Court. All of this was cruelly ripped away from them following Judge Hanen’s ruling.
The Biden administration’s proposed new rule, in failing to expand and strengthen protections and putting at risk work permits, only furthers this uncertainty and cruelty. DACA has never been enough because it leaves millions to live with overwhelming fear about their futures, their safety, and their ability to work and provide for themselves and their families. The only way to provide permanent relief to DACA recipients, DACA-eligible youth, and millions of undocumented people is for President Biden and Democrats in Congress to deliver a pathway to citizenship through reconciliation now!”