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DACA receipts protest. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images.

The Biden administration on Friday appealed a court ruling that called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unlawful.

Why it matters: The appeal was expected. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in July had ordered the Biden administration to cease approving new DACA applications but specified that the decision would not affect current recipients for now.

  • There are more than 600,000 active DACA recipients, and the Texas judges' ruling blocked roughly 500,000 to 700,000 people from receiving DACA benefits.
  • The ruling has also added even more urgency to congressional efforts to protect and provide pathways for Dreamers.

DACA was created by then-President Obama in 2012 and provided protection for "Dreamers," people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, from deportation.

  • President Biden called the ruling "disappointing" and called on Congress to create "a permanent solution" and allow Dreamers to become citizens.
  • The pandemic has created a backlog of applicants with roughly 80,000 applicants who have applied but not received coverage, per Axios' Stef Knight.

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Updated Dec 10, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court allows lawsuits against Texas anti-abortion law to proceed

Abortion and anti-abortion rights demonstrators rally outside the Supreme Court. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Friday said some lawsuits against Texas' anti-abortion law — the strictest in the country — can proceed.

The big picture: The court's decision is not a ruling on the merits of Texas' law — and leaves the law in place — but it paves the way for the courts to decide whether that law is constitutional.

Senate Democrats join Biden to pivot Build Back Better strategy

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

A growing number of Senate Democrats are urging their colleagues to begin paring back the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better agenda to salvage what they can, abandoning hopes of the transformational to achieve the possible.

Why it matters: Democrats are desperate to notch a win. President Biden's popularity is sagging in the polls, the pandemic is raging and the party's record of passing crucial legislation has been muddled. Biden himself conceded during his news conference Wednesday that passing the parts was more likely than getting the whole.

Scoop: White House eyes vaccine mandate for migrants

A migrant receives a COVID-19 vaccination in Mexico before continuing to the U.S. border. Photo: Luis Barron/Eyepix Group/Future Publishing via Getty Images

The White House is considering requiring migrants aged 5 and older to receive a coronavirus vaccination as a condition for crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to await court hearings, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The Biden administration has been offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people in immigration detention centers or shelters but hasn't yet offered it to other migrants who've crossed the border — much less required it.