Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Is dissatisfied with the Biden administration after the release of a quarterly report of statistics relating to deferred action program requests for arrivals of children (DACA).
According to the report, the administration has approved only 763 initial DACA requests since January, with more than 55,000 requests still pending. This is in addition to more than 44,000 pending renewal requests.
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“The slowness in processing DACA applications – both initial applications and renewals – is simply unacceptable,” Durbin said in a statement. “DACA processing delays are hurting dreamers, as well as their families, livelihoods, and safety. The Biden administration must work quickly to expand processing capacity and clear the backlog of DACA applications.”
This isn’t the first time Durbin, lead author of the DREAM Act that would codify DACA, has berated the Biden administration for its lack of action. Earlier this month, he and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., Led 19 other Senate Democrats to call on the administration to act faster.
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“DACA processing delays have significant consequences, not only for individuals based on their status for their livelihood and security, but for their families and for the businesses and workplaces that employ them,” said writes senators in a letter to Tracy Renaud, Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. “As we strive to rebuild our economy from the effects of the pandemic, reducing backlogs and backlogs of DACA cases is of the utmost importance.”
This letter was sent on June 15, the ninth anniversary of the DACA. On the same day, protesters in Washington, DC, called for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and criticized the administration for not taking action.
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“President Biden has promised to take action within the first 100 days of his election,” a rally leader said. “What a change in tone, isn’t it? When it was right [this] last week when we heard Vice President Kamala Harris say, “Don’t come. Don’t come. ‘”
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