Proposed DACA rule ‘falls short of what’s urgently needed: a permanent immigration solution’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new notice of proposed rulemaking for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The proposed rule comes months after Texas Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that initial applications to the program would no longer be granted. A 60-day public comment period for the public to submit comments begins today. It will be months before a final rule is published.

As an immigration legal services provider, the UFW Foundation continues to assist DACA recipients with application renewals and will be submitting a public comment in the federal register.

UFW Foundation Executive Director Diana Tellefson Torres, said:

“When we hear from DACA recipients, they demand change, certainty and stability. Yesterday’s DACA rule falls short of what’s urgently needed: a permanent immigration solution, but we know Congress can deliver that this year. The UFW Foundation will continue assisting DACA recipients with their renewals and strenuously advocating for the thousands of Dreamers that remain unprotected.”

UFW Foundation Communications Manager and DACA Recipient Leydy Rangel, said:

“When I met with President Biden in the Oval Office last May, he told me he knew this country was my home and that his administration would fight for undocumented Americans like me. Since I was initially granted DACA in 2013, I’ve had to renew my work permit five times. It’s an expensive, time-consuming and painful reminder that although I call the U.S. home, I can be deported if Congress doesn’t pass a permanent solution this year. Undocumented youth with or without DACA undisputedly deserve the stability we know Congress can deliver this year. We call on the Senate and House majority to act.”