The Biden administration will codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as a federal regulation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Tuesday.
The move will apply to “Dreamers,” or migrants who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16, requiring that they’ve lived continuously in the U.S. since 2007, studied in a U.S. school, or served in the military and don’t have serious criminal records. The rule will be effective starting Oct. 31. (RELATED: New Mexico Will Allow Illegal Migrants To Obtain Law Licenses)
“Today, we are taking another step to do everything in our power to preserve and fortify DACA, an extraordinary program that has transformed the lives of so many Dreamers,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.
“Thanks to DACA, we have been enriched by young people who contribute so much to our communities and our country. Yet, we need Congress to pass legislation that provides an enduring solution for the young Dreamers who have known no country other than the United States as their own.”
The decision comes as the fate of DACA remains uncertain in the courts after a Republican-led lawsuit challenged the program.
A Texas federal judge ruled in July 2021