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Biden Administration to Announce New Immigration Policies Focused on Spouses and DACA Recipients

The Biden Administration is expected to announce a new executive action as early as next week that would shield certain undocumented immigrants living in the United States from deportation. The action is expected to protect undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens from deportation, allow them to work legally in the country, and provide a more streamlined pathway to U.S. citizenship. If implemented, it’s unclear how many undocumented spouses would receive protections, but some lawmakers and immigration advocates have estimated it could affect up to 1.1 million people. However, sources with knowledge of the White House’s plans expect the scope of such protections to be much narrower.

Additionally, with the 12th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program occurring on Tuesday next week, the State Department also could roll out new guidance that says DACA recipients should be presumed eligible for non-immigrant visas if they leave the U.S.

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