Federal judge blocks new DACA applications
A federal judge in Texas ruled on Friday that the deferred action program for children’s arrivals was illegal and barred the Biden administration from accepting further requests.
The program began in 2012 under the Obama administration to protect illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children from deportation. Although Judge Andrew Hanen decision would prohibit admission to future DACA candidates, it does not immediately revoke current permits for the about 635,000 people protected under the program as of December 31, 2020.
Hanen, a person named by George W. Bush known for his difficult position on immigration, ruled that the Department of Homeland Security violated the Administrative Procedure Act in creating the policy and found that it was illegally implemented. However, DHS may continue to accept applications.
Granting a request from Texas and other GOP-led states, the judge stressed that he recognizes that current DACA registrants are dependent on program benefits, such as work permits and deportation deferral. .
“This addiction has not diminished and may, in fact, have increased over time,” Hanen wrote.
About 50,000 applications were filed after the program reopened in December.
Several immigrant advocacy groups issued statements condemning the decision on Friday.
“This decision is in error and is subject to appeal,” the American Civil Liberties Union wrote in a declaration.
FWD.us called the move “deeply disappointing” and said: “Tens of thousands of dreamers across the country will be blocked from DACA protections and the ability to work legally in this country.”
“Today it is absolutely clear: only a permanent legislative solution passed by Congress will eliminate the fear and uncertainty that DACA recipients have been forced to live with for years,” FWD.us wrote in its declaration.
Former President Donald Trump was adamant about stopping the program, but the Supreme Court ruled in summer 2020 that his administration could not immediately proceed with his plan to discontinue the program. Biden posted a memo one day after his inauguration in January in favor of the preservation of the DACA.
Opponents of the program argued that the DACA program was illegal and was an example of management overshoot. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton touted in a tweet Friday in response to the ruling, saying the Republican Party “defeats the Biden administration – AGAIN – on illegal immigration.”
DACA supporters said a decision against the program could force Congress to act on policy guaranteeing a path to citizenship. Democrats plan to include immigration measures as part of a Reconciliation of $ 3.5 trillion bill likely to be challenged by Senate Republicans.
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