On Saturday, Biden called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) ruling “deeply disappointing”; the Democrat president then urged Congress to pass legislation that would give illegal immigrants protection from deportation.
BREAKING — A federal judge in Texas has ordered the Biden administration to suspend the DACA program for "Dreamers." finding it illegal.
— Camilo Montoya-Galvez (@camiloreports) July 16, 2021
Biden called the Federal Court ruling, “deeply disappointing”
In a statement on Saturday, Biden stated that the ruling of the Federal Court about DACA is “deeply disappointing.” He added that although right now the ruling does not affect the present DACA recipients, the court’s order will nevertheless present an “uncertain future” to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.
On Friday, Texas Judge Andrew Hanen ordered the Biden administration to stop all DACA applications. The judge also ruled that the Obama-era DACA program is illegal. The DACA program was established in 2012 during the Obama administration.
The program granted illegal immigrations protection from deportation as well as work permits to illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors. According to reports, around 700,000 illegal immigrants were granted protection under the program and a hundred thousand more illegal immigrants are deemed eligible for it.
In a split ruling, Judge Hanen ruled that the Department of Homeland Security breached the Administrative Procedure Act when they created the DACA policy. He also learned that the policy is being unlawfully implemented, thereby ordered the Department of Homeland Security to stop DACA applications.
The ruling, however, does not affect the status of current recipients under the program. The judge also wrote that DACA would grant work authorization and lawful presence to over a million illegal aliens whom Congress made no laws about.
Biden intends to appeal the ruling, renewed calls for Congress to make permanent solutions for illegal immigrants
Meanwhile, Biden stated that the Justice Department intends to appeal the ruling; Biden also revealed that the Department of Homeland Security will likewise publish a proposed rule about the program.
President Joe Biden said the Justice Department will appeal a federal judge’s ruling deeming illegal an Obama-era program that's protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. https://t.co/tcfiiTkWKd
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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also issued a statement expressing his disappointment about the ruling of the federal court. He also added that the ruling will not “derail” their efforts to protect dreamers.
The lawsuit was brought by an alliance of states led by Texas. They argued that the DACA policy violated the Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act. Although the battle about the program has been ongoing for nine years, it is the first time a court has ruled that the program is illegal.
After Biden entered office, he signed a memo to protect DACA. He also ordered the Department of Homeland Security to take appropriate actions under the law to preserve DACA and called on Congress to give illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
Then on Saturday, Biden renewed his calls stating that only Congress can make a permanent solution to grant citizenship to “dreamers.”