President Biden addressed the immigration status of Dreamers during tonight's town hall and said, "They should be able to stay in the United States of America."
Biden once again pledged to fight for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), telling CNN's Don Lemon that he's "not letting this go."
Biden was the most animated at the CNN town hall while speaking about Dreamers and DACA, saying, "They come here with really no choice and they're good, good people."
"We're going to make sure that a number of my Republican colleagues say they support the right of Dreamers to come. ... They should be able to stay in the United States of America," the President said.
On Friday, a federal judge in Texas ruled that DACA, the Obama-era program shielding certain undocumented immigrants from deportation, is illegal and blocked new applicants.
The ruling from Judge Andrew Hanen would bar future applications. It does not immediately cancel current permits for hundreds of thousands of people — though it once again leaves them in devastating legal limbo and is a reminder of the uncertainty they face.
DACA, created in 2012, was intended to provide temporary reprieve to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children — a group often described as "Dreamers" — many of whom are now adults.
But almost a decade since the program was established, DACA is still one of the only signs of potential relief for undocumented immigrants looking to remain and work in the US.
Congress remains the only body that can provide a permanent solution for DACA recipients through legislation, but immigration legislation has been stalled for years and Democrats immediately called for action given Friday's order.
CNN's Priscilla Alvarez, Tierney Sneed and Rachel Janfaza contributed reporting to this post.
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