Immigration Law

3 Former DHS Secretaries Urge Speed on DACA Legislation

Jan. 3, 2018 - "We write to you today as Congress considers legislation to allow certain young immigrants, known as Dreamers, who came to the country as children, to be able to continue to live, work and contribute to our country. We write not only in strong support of this legislation, but to stress that it should be enacted speedily, in order to meet the significant administrative requirements of implementation, as well as the need to provide certainty for employers and these young people. For these reasons, the realistic deadline for successfully establishing a Dreamers program in time to prevent large scale loss of work authorization and deportation protection is only weeks away, in the middle of January. As former Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security, we are acutely aware of the challenges that must be met and the time necessary for DHS to implement a system to effectively adjudicate applications for status adjustments by Dreamers. ... "