/ Modified sep 28, 2021 1:59 p.m.

Biden rule to shield 'Dreamers' seeks to bypass Congress

An administration proposal on Monday attempts to satisfy concerns of a federal judge in Houston who ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was illegal.

Daca protesters Demonstrators protest in favor of protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients.
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The Biden administration is renewing efforts to shield hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States as young children from deportation, the latest maneuver in a long-running drama over the policy’s legality.

An administration proposal on Monday attempts to satisfy concerns of a federal judge in Houston who ruled in July that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was illegal, largely because the Obama administration bypassed procedural requirements when it took effect in 2012.

The new rule mirrors the Obama-era initiative, recreating the 2012 policy and seeking to put it on firmer ground by going through the federal regulatory process.

Prospects for legislation have dimmed in Congress, and it’s likely the new rule will also face legal challenges.

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