Biden calls DACA ruling 'deeply disappointing,' urges Congress to pass citizenship path

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07-17-2021

"While the court’s order does not now affect current DACA recipients, this decision nonetheless relegates hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to an uncertain future." FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO END NEW DACA APPLICATIONSJudge Andrew Hanen, a Texas judge, on Friday ordered the Biden administration to stop all applications for DACA, ruling that the Obama-era program was illegal. The ruling does not affect the status of any current DACA recipients. Many of those pushes expand the category to include not only DACA recipients, but those who are DACA-eligible. There have already been a number of efforts in Congress this year to give legal status to DACA recipients.

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