July 17, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have said immigration issues are “first up” if November goes their way, as the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force recommended measures on DACA and work visas.
The Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force document contains several sweeping immigration reform proposals. Among them:
DACA likely first priority: Biden has said that, if elected, “on day one” he will “send a bill to Congress that creates a clear road map to citizenship for Dreamers and 11 million undocumented people who are already strengthening our nation.”
Meanwhile, President Trump has also promised action on DACA. In June, the Supreme Court sent the Trump administration back to square one in its efforts to end the DACA program. Within a day, President Trump promised to begin a new process ending DACA. However, a few days after the Biden-Sanders plan was released, President Trump said that sometime in the next month there will be a measure that will provide merit-based immigration and give Dreamers a path to citizenship.
Current status: DACA has been fully restored by a federal judge, giving DACA-eligible individuals the opportunity to apply.
Looking ahead: Congress has little time to pass any immigration bill this year, casting doubt on whether President Trump’s plan to accomplish a victory on DACA has legs. The Biden-Sanders proposal largely relies on Congressional action as well. If Democrats can win the White House and the Senate, and especially if they can get rid of the filibuster, it seems likely a DACA measure would pass.