Federal judge in Houston rules DACA unlawful, halts new enrollment applications

USA Today

07-16-2021

Without the program, several DACA recipients said they would be unable to continue their education and careers.limits the immediate ability of Biden to keep the program or something similar. A ruling against DACA could limit Biden's ability to keep the program or something similar in place. A federal judge in Houston on Friday ruled that an Obama administration program protecting undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children is illegal and halted accepting any new applications for the program. A federal judge in New York earlier this year then ordered the Trump administration to restore the program as enacted by President Barack Obama. But without the program, several DACA recipients said they would be unable to continue their education and careers.

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Hanen’s decision limits the immediate ability of Biden, who pledged during his campaign to protect DACA, to keep the program or something similar in place. The states argued that former President Barack Obama never had the authority in 2012 to create a program like DACA because it circumvented Congress. “If the nation truly wants to have a DACA program, it is up to Congress to say so,” Hanen wrote then. Hanen ruled in 2015 that Obama could not expand DACA protections or institute a program shielding their parents. A New York judge in December ordered the Trump administration to restore the program as enacted by Obama.