AUSTIN, Texas–On his first day on the job, President Biden signed 17 executive orders that lead America into a new era of hope, including two orders that have a great impact on the Latino community.
Holding true to his promise to human rights groups, voters and border communities, President Biden signed two executive orders that end the national emergency at the border and stop all further construction of the border wall, and another that reestablishes protections for recipients of the Deferred Action for Children Arrival (DACA) program while also rolling back immigration policies so that families aren’t separated and enforcement focuses on larger threats.
In Texas alone, more than 167,000 people have benefited from DACA since 2012. President Biden also submitted an immigration bill to Congress that could provide 11 million undocumented Americans, including 1.7 million Texans, with an eight-year path to citizenship. The bill also provides DACA and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients an opportunity to gain citizenship through this process.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement:
“President Joe Biden wasted no time working to protect the rights of our DACA and TPS brothers and sisters and the estimated 11 million undocumented Americans across this country. For years, entire families have lived in fear and in the shadows due to the cruel and xenophobic immigration policies of the previous administration. Democrats everywhere, especially our Latinos across the state, can celebrate that we have entered a new day in America where our President will fight hard for every single person who calls this country home.”