President BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE is expected to meet with 11 congressional Democrats on Thursday to discuss plans for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, Axios reported, citing a White House official.
Axios reported that the lawmakers include Sens. Dick DurbinDick DurbinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in Democrats look for Plan B after blow on immigration Democrats up ante in risky debt ceiling fight MORE (Ill.), Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezBiden, don't punish India Democrats reject hardball tactics against Senate parliamentarian Biden threatens more sanctions on Ethiopia, Eritrea over Tigray conflict MORE (N.J.), Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Top Hispanic group endorses Cortez Masto for reelection Conservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan MORE (Nev.), Alex PadillaAlex PadillaDHS secretary condemns treatment of Haitian migrants but says US will ramp up deportations Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Democrats revive filibuster fight over voting rights bill MORE (Calif.) and Ben Ray Luján (N.M.).
They will be joined by Reps. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBiden to raise refugee cap to 125,000 in October Ocasio-Cortez, Bush push to add expanded unemployment in .5T spending plan Angelina Jolie spotted in Capitol meeting with senators MORE (N.Y.), Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenBiden to raise refugee cap to 125,000 in October Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Spotlight turns to GOP's McCarthy in Jan. 6 probe MORE (Calif.), Raul RuizRaul RuizHispanic caucus calls for Fort Hood to be renamed in honor of Mexican American general Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Harris hears criticism from all sides amid difficult first trip MORE (Calif.), Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarWatch live: House Democratic leaders hold press conference Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report MORE (Calif.), Lucille Roybal-AllardLucille Roybal-AllardBiden backs effort to include immigration in budget package Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Latina lawmakers discuss efforts to increase representation MORE (Calif.) and Linda SanchezLinda Teresa SánchezBiden backs effort to include immigration in budget package Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Latina lawmakers discuss efforts to increase representation MORE (Calif.)
The meeting follows a ruling by a federal judge in Texas earlier this month that said that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a 2012 Obama-era program created through executive order in order to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation, could no longer accept new applications.
Judge Andrew Hanen, citing DACA recipients’ increased reliance on the program, said that those currently enrolled could continue receiving their benefits and apply to renew them, pending a future order from himself, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.
Following the ruling, Biden called the decision in a statement “deeply disappointing” and said that the Department of Justice intended to appeal it.
The ruling has only increased pressure on Congress to come up with a more permanent solution to provide undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, otherwise known as Dreamers, with a pathway to citizenship.
“I have repeatedly called on Congress to pass the American Dream and Promise Act, and I now renew that call with the greatest urgency. It is my fervent hope that through reconciliation or other means, Congress will finally provide security to all Dreamers, who have lived too long in fear,” Biden said.
Senate Democrats are considering pushing for immigration provisions through reconciliation, which would bypass a GOP filibuster if all 50 Democrats signed on.
"We are going to do everything we can to provide a path to citizenship for the Dreamers and many others, and you know why we're going to do it? We love America and immigrants are great for America," Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLouisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in McConnell signals Senate GOP will oppose combined debt ceiling-funding bill MORE (D-N.Y.) said last week.
The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.