Congress failed to pass immigration legislation this week that would provide Dreamers with protection from deportation or a path to citizenship.
None of the four proposals before the Senate this week—including a bipartisan immigration bill and a hard-line measure supported by President Trump—garnered the 60 votes needed to pass. Meanwhile, the House sat on the sidelines, waiting to see what emerged from the Senate.
After next week’s congressional recess, the House may consider legislation supported by Trump. That legislation slashes family-based immigration—or chain migration—in half and only gives temporary protection to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, also known as Dreamers.
What to Do?
Despite the bad news in Congress, good news emerged again from a federal court. A federal judge in Brooklyn this week ordered the Trump administration to temporarily maintain the DACA policy by accepting renewal applications. Last month, a federal judge in San Francisco issued a similar order. Both rulings fell short of requiring the administration to accept requests from individuals who have never received protection from deportation under DACA.
Moreover, USCIS can continue deciding DACA renewal requests on a case-by-case basis. USCIS will not accept requests from DACA recipients for advance parole—a permit to re-enter the U.S. after traveling abroad.
The Alcorn Immigration Law team is monitoring the latest immigration policy developments that impact Dreamers. We urge:
- Dreamers to file DACA renewal applications and check out possible options for remaining legally in the U.S.
- U.S. citizens to sponsor parents and other family members for green cards while they still can.
Another Chance for Dreamers?
A majority of Americans supports legal protections for certain Dreamers, according to a CBS News poll conducted last month. Nearly 9 in 10 respondents—or 87 percent—said Dreamers that meet certain requirements, such as working or attending school, should be allowed to stay in the U.S.
Given that public support, Congress may consider attaching a provision to legalize Dreamers to the federal spending bill that must be drafted by March 23 to reflect the recently passed budget, according to the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
We Can Help
The Alcorn Immigration Law team believes immigration leads to innovation. If you, an employee, or a loved one needs assistance, please contact us.