On Thursday, March 18, 2021, the House passed legislation that would provide a 10-year path to citizenship for those people protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Undocumented immigrants would now have a pathway to citizenship after being brought to the United States when they were children. This would impact approximately 4.5 million “Dreamers” who are currently receiving protection under DACA. The new Dream and Promise Act with bipartisan support is expected to pass the Senate and be signed by President Joe Biden.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released a statement on March 26, 2021, stating that DHS will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking in order to preserve and strengthen DACA:

“We are taking action to preserve and fortify DACA. This is in keeping with the President’s memorandum. It is an important step, but only the passage of legislation can give full protection and a path to citizenship to the Dreamers who know the U.S. as their home.”