Harris to meet with DACA recipients after federal court ruling

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Immigration

The ruling raised the stakes for Democrats, who are looking to include immigration reform in a massive budget reconciliation package.

Vice President Kamala Harris arrives at Detroit Metropolitan Wane County Airport in Detroit, Monday, July 12, 2021. | (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

By SABRINA RODRIGUEZ

07/21/2021 05:11 PM EDT

Updated: 07/21/2021 05:17 PM EDT

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Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday will meet with recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and immigrant advocates as the White House urges Congress to move quickly on immigration reform — potentially in a budget reconciliation bill Democrats hope to vote on this year.

Harris will meet with 11 DACA recipients, current applicants for the program and immigrant rights leaders, a senior White House official told POLITICO. The meeting comes after a federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled that DACA is unlawful and blocked the Biden administration from approving new applications for the Obama-era program, intensifying the sense of urgency among Democrats, immigrant advocates and other DACA supporters.

“The president and [vice president] are fighting for them. That’s the topline message,” a senior White House official said. “But they, above all, need Congress to create a pathway to citizenship and that has to happen as soon as possible, which is why they’ve called for this to happen through reconciliation or other means.”

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