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Biden's Immigration Promises, Plans And Progress

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DACA supporters in Phoenix protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office shortly after the announcement that DACA would end in six months, barring action by Congress.
DACA supporters in Phoenix protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office shortly after the announcement that DACA would end in six months, barring action by Congress.

On the first day of his presidency, Biden sent a comprehensive immigration plan to Congress, which included intentions for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

More than six months later, many of Biden's immigration-related promises have yet to be fulfilled. Why?

In July, a federal judge in Texas ruled DACA to be "unlawful," saying that former President Barack Obama exceeded his authority in creating the program, and suspended program applications. The pandemic has hampered the government’s processing of immigration cases, causing a backlog of new and renewal DACA applications that now remain in limbo due to the ruling.

Immigrant-rights activists are demanding President Biden do something to keep DACA alive and take more meaningful action to keep other immigration promises made on the campaign trail and in the early days of his presidency.

What are Biden's stated priorities for immigration reform and how does he plan to achieve those goals? What steps has his administration taken so far?

How long will it take to reverse the Trump-era immigration policies? What other hurdles will Biden have to overcome to move his immigration agenda forward?

What are Dreamers impacted by the recent DACA ruling? Will there be an appeal? When will backlogged applications be reviewed?

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*This interview was recorded on Thursday, August 12.