ACLU Commends Biden Action on DACA Health Coverage

April 13, 2023 2:00 pm

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced today that hundreds of thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients will be eligible for affordable health care coverage through expanded access to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

Maribel Hernández Rivera, an American Civil Liberties Union deputy national political director, had the following reaction:

“We commend the Biden administration for taking this humane step forward. It’s the right thing to do and reflects President Biden’s continued recognition of DACA recipients’ dignity and contributions to our nation. It was years in the making thanks to the perseverance of many, especially immigrant youth.

“Like President Biden, more than 7o percent of Americans support DACA recipients and believe they should be free to live and work without the threat of deportation. They know that people who are immigrants should be treated with fairness and dignity. It’s time for Congress to build on this step by the president and recommit to passing legislation that provides a permanent solution for immigrant youth and other families who have built their lives here.”

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