Biden slams Trump admin’s newest DACA assault as ‘one other merciless step in its misguided campaign’

The Division of Homeland Safety’s (DHS) memo on Tuesday, signed by unconfirmed Sec. Chad Wolf, made official that the Trump administration is defying each the Supreme Courtroom and a decrease courtroom order to totally reopen the DACA program because it was earlier than the impeached president began his assaults in opposition to it in 2017.

That features reopening DACA to as many as 300,000 younger immigrants who’ve by no means been enrolled earlier than. As a substitute, this lawless administration is defying courtroom orders and never solely refusing to just accept and approve their purposes, but in addition attempting to make it simpler to deport beneficiaries by slashing their protections from two years to only one yr. Immigrant rights advocacy group America’s Voice called the memo “a dying knell for DACA.”

In his assertion, Biden slammed the administration’s continued assaults whilst an estimated 30,000 DACA recipients are important employees who “are risking their lives to maintain us protected and wholesome” amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. He continued to pledge to take motion to guard them and their households as president.

”As President, I’ll defend Dreamers and their households and supply a roadmap to citizenship for Dreamers and all 11 million undocumented immigrants enriching our nation, so that they not should stay in worry and uncertainty,” he stated. “In a Biden administration, Dreamers could make plans to prosper and thrive right here in America—proper the place they belong.” In a earlier assertion on the eighth anniversary of DACA last month, Biden recommitted to utilizing “the total extent” of his govt powers to guard younger immigrants as he works on everlasting laws.

As America’s Voice additionally famous, ”[y]esterday’s memo ensured that the destiny of DACA and Dreamers on this nation will likely be on the poll in November.

“This ought to be troubling information for Republicans on condition that in poll after poll, four-fifths of the nation and a majority of Republicans assist Dreamers and DACA,” the group stated. “This appears to have solely elevated because the American individuals go searching and see that immigrants, together with DACA recipients, are serving in important roles to assist America by way of the well being and financial crises we face.”

“This November, voters should reject the politics that play with the lives of immigrant younger individuals and jeopardize public well being to divide households and rip aside communities,” Biden stated.