Jul 29, 2021 - Politics & Policy

First look: Biden meeting with Democrats on DACA

U.S. President Joe Biden walks to the Oval Office
President Biden walks to the Oval Office on Wednesday. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

President Biden will meet with 11 Democratic members of Congress at the White House Thursday to discuss the next steps for providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented migrants brought to the U.S. as children, a White House official told Axios.

Why it matters: Congressional Democrats plan to try to pass pathways to citizenship for so-called Dreamers, TPS holders and undocumented essential workers in the upcoming reconciliation package. Biden also has consistently called on Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers.

  • On Sunday, Biden said it "remains to be seen" when asked about Congress including pathways to citizenship in the reconciliation package.

Flashback: The president met with a group of Dreamers in May.

  • Just last week, Vice President Kamala Harris met with participants in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and other Dreamers.
  • The meeting followed a recent federal judicial ruling that blocked the administration from approving new DACA applicants.
  • The recent ruling has added even more urgency to congressional efforts to protect and provide pathways for Dreamers.
  • Afterward, the president expressed his disappointment and again urged Congress to pass legislation helping that population of undocumented immigrants.

Details: Those scheduled to meet with the president are:

  • Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)
  • Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.)
  • Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.)
  • Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.)
  • House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)
  • House Hispanic Caucus Chairman Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Lucille Roybal Allard (D-Calif.)
  • Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.)
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