WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden will reinstate legal protections for “Dreamers” on “day one,” incoming Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Sunday.
As part of his anti-immigrant agenda, President Donald Trump scrapped in 2017 Obama-era rules safeguarding “Dreamers” from being deported.
Biden campaigned on restoring the protections, and Klain said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the executive orders being prepared for Biden to sign when he is inaugurated Jan. 20 will address “Dreamer” status.
“We have a big stack of business for day one already,” Klain told host Chuck Todd.
“We’re going to rejoin Paris, we’re going to protect the Dreamers on day one, we’re going to take other action on health care on day one that the president-elect’s talked about during the campaign. So, we’ve got a busy, busy day one on ready scenario here.”
The Paris mention refers to Trump’s decision to withdraw from the international climate change pact.
Background: The group now known as “Dreamers” were brought to the U.S. as children who did not have a choice because their parents — not them — committed the illegal act.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was the force behind creation of the “Dreamer” movement and has been crusading to protect these youths for more than 18 years. The “Dreamer” name comes from Durbin’s legislation, titled the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act — known as the DREAM Act
President Barack Obama could not get Congress to pass a law to protect Dreamers and in June 2012 created a program called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, for those entering the U.S. under the age of 16 and who have clean records.
This was not a permanent solution because a president could — as Trump did — erase an order from a previous president.
Biden, as president, will soon sign another executive order putting his version of “Dreamer” protections back in place.
By Lynn Sweet for CHICAGO SUN TIMES
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