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Proposed Rule Protecting ‘Dreamers’ Nears Public Release

Sept. 20, 2021, 12:35 PM

The White House has completed its review of a proposed rule to preserve and beef up deportation protections for individuals brought to the U.S. as children, often called “dreamers.”

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs sent the proposal to the Department of Homeland Security on Sept. 17, signaling that it could be released any day now. The rulemaking could potentially put the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program on better footing, if the rule is finalized.

A Brownsville, Texas, federal judge on July 16 halted Homeland Security Department approvals of new applications, characterizing the program’s 2012 implementation as unlawful, but leaving current participants unscathed pending a further court order. President Joe Biden said his administration plans to appeal the decision.

The administration included the proposed rule in its regulatory agenda June 11.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lydia O'Neal in Washington at loneal@bloombergtax.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew Harris at aharris@bloomberglaw.com; Martha Mueller Neff at mmuellerneff@bloomberglaw.com

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