DOJ Appealing Court Decision Against DACA

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Monday, July 19, 2021 - 5:42am

The White House announced that the U.S. Department of Justice will appeal a court decision that halts the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen deemed the program, which prevents the deportation of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children, illegal, reports the Guardian. The ruling bars the government from approving any new DACA applications. For now, DACA is preserved for the more than 616,000 people enrolled in the program until other courts weigh in. Hanen’s decision favored of the eight other conservative states suing to thwart DACA.

DACA has come under fire from conservatives since its creation in 2012. Texas in 2018 requested to halt the program through a preliminary injunction. While Hanen denied this request, his ruling then appears to have presaged the new one. Hanen stated that he believed DACA, as instituted, was probably unconstitutional without Congress’s approval. Hanen decided in 2015 that President Obama could not broaden DACA protections or implement a program that protected the parents of "Dreamers." In September 2017, the Trump administration announced that it planned to end DACA, throwing recipients into turmoil. The Supreme Court blocked Trump’s efforts. Biden has pushed for DACA to become permanent. While the U.S. House green-lit legislation in March that created a path toward citizenship for Dreamers, the measure has languished in the Senate.

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