New Court Decision on DACA
President Joe Biden speaks out regarding a decision of a federal judge to end DACA. Biden has said that the United States Department of Justice holds the legal rights to appeal to the judicial system for revoking a program that has to protect the deportation of young immigrants during the Obama era program.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was declared unlawful by Federal Texas Judge Andrew Hanen. This program protects immigrants called “Dreamers” who were brought to the United States illegally as minors from deportation.
The decision coming from the federal court prevents the government from accepting any further applications. In other words, it means halting the program. Until the court ruling, DACA has was able to approve enrollments exceeding 616,600 in numbers. As of now, the decision by Judge Hanen works as the catalytic agent for other eight states trying to out-rule DACA.
The president said that the federal court decision is extremely disappointing. While the ruling of the court does not impact present DACA beneficiaries, it relegates hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to an unpredictable future.
Biden further added that the Department of Justice expects to revoke this judgment to preserve and strengthen the program. In addition to this, the court also says that the Department of Homeland Security’s intentions to publish a plan soon concerning DACA.
Since it was founded in 2012, DACA doesn’t have the support of conservatives. Although, the Texas state request a preliminary injunction in 2018 to stop the program.
Biden urges DACA to become permanent and promises to make the program permanent during the election campaigns. In March, although the U.S. House’s green-light legislation for Dreamers to become citizens, the action in the Senate has been delayed.
What’s Next for DACA
The President shows the confidence that soon Congress will come up with legislation concerning all the young recipients. He has also mentions that Dreamers deserve permanent citizenship for their mental and economic stability. Furthermore, the President gives hope to all Dreamers that either reconciliation or legislation the new-coming administration will have a permanent solution for all those who live a long time in the fear of deportation.
Most immigration advocates are hoping Dreamers are given a permanent solution through a $3.5 trillion federal budget plan. This plan has the support of most Democrats on Capitol Hill and it can eventually achieve fundamental immigration reform.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told the rest of the congressional Democrats that they must write legislation and set up the spending targets by Sept. 15, 2021.
Amongst other spending targets, immigration is one of them. This is a budget of $107 billion for the Judiciary Committee, which includes instructions on lawful permanent status for immigrants who qualify, which may include DACA recipients.
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