President Joe Biden comes to the aid of 600 thousand illegal immigrants by trying to stop their deportation.
According to what was reported by NBC News, the White House will soon exercise an executive function that will protect a group of immigrants called “Dreamers” from being deported.
The executive action will be taken depending on the outcome of the court case at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The court preceding will determine the future of the Obama-administration Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
DACA is a program that protects individuals who arrived in the United States when they were still minors from deportation.
According to Migration Policy Institute, about 611,470 were still protected from being deported by the DACA program as of December 2021.
And from what NBC News is saying, it seems like the Fifth Circuit under the Supreme Court will apply to end the DACA program.
The outcome of the annulment of this program is that those who the DACA protected would have to be deported to their respective countries.
Todd Schulte, FWD.US president, and executive director, said that the latest court case against the DACA program was the most severe threat.
“DACA has been threatened in the past, but the current case ahead of the 5th Circuit Court is the most severe threat to date,” Schulte said.
He further pointed out that if President Joe Biden does not sign the executive order this year, about 600 thousand illegal immigrants would be deported.
” If Congress does not pass legislation this year, it is likely that nearly 700,000 DACA recipients will be at risk of being forced out of their jobs and subjected to the threat of deportation. If the 5th Circuit rules against DACA, 1,000 existing DACA recipients will be at risk of losing their legal ability to work every single business day for the next 24 months,” he said.
What is the White House Doing?
If possible, the White House prepares to use an executive order to fight the Supreme Court ruling.
At the same time, President Biden is also urging the legal team defending the DACA program to put more effort into ensuring that the Supreme Court doesn’t rule against the program.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin, D-Ill, said he had spoken to some important personalities handling the DACA case, such as Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
However, Durbin did not reveal what they said to each other or the steps they were planning to take.
“I think the national sentiment is strong in favor of the ‘Dreamers’ and DACA protectees. And if something terrible comes out of the 5th Circuit, I think it could be an issue in November,” Durbin said.
The Joe Biden administration will be issuing new legislation and possibly an executive order to protect immigrants under the DACA program for some time.
According to NBC News, all efforts to get the White House to comment on the DACA court case were fruitless.