Texas Judge Bans New DACA Applications, Says Program Was Created Illegally

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A Texas federal judge blocked new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications in a Friday court decision. In 2018, seven states, including Texas, South Carolina and Alabama, filed a lawsuit in federal court striving to end the program, the Center of American Progress reported. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sided with the states arguing that the Obama-era program violates the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), according to Reuters. “Hundreds of thousands of individual DACA recipients, along with their employers, states, and loved ones, have come to rely on the DACA program. President Joe Biden, who served as vice president under Obama during the passage of DACA, asked Congress to pass the U.S.


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A federal judge ruled on Friday that President Barack Obama did not have the legal authority to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which offers protection from deportation for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Why it matters: The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas ordered the Biden administration to cease approving new DACA applications but specified that the decision would not affect current recipients for now. This order developed out of a challenge to the program filed by the attorneys general for nine Republican-led states, including Texas, who argued that DACA was improperly adopted and financially burdened them by making them pay for DACA recipients' education and health care. What they're saying: U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen held that the creation of the program violated the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs how federal agencies develop and issue regulations. What's next: The case is likely to be appealed to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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A federal judge has blocked new applications to a programme that has shielded thousands of young migrants from deportation after they arrived in the US as children, but the decision will not impact the status of people have already been admitted. But the judge did not upend DACA entirely, keeping it in place for existing dreamers in noting that the decade-long programme has become a part of the fabric of many communities. “Hundreds of thousands of individual DACA recipients, along with their employers, states, and loved ones, have come to rely on the DACA program,” he wrote in his ruling. “Given those interests, it is not equitable for a government program that has engendered such a significant reliance to terminate suddenly,” he said. Roughly 254,000 children in the US have at least one parent granted DACA protections, according to the Center for American Progress.

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Many of the recipients, commonly known as “Dreamers,” have now been in the U.S. for a decade or longer. But Texas and eight other states sued to halt DACA, arguing that President Barack Obama lacked the power to create the program because it circumvented Congress. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Houston agreed, and while his ruling left the program intact for existing recipients, it barred the government from approving any new applications. In his statement, Biden urged Congress to move forward with legislation to permanently protect those covered by the program. Immigration advocates hope to include a provision in sweeping budget legislation Democrats want to pass this year, but it’s unclear whether that language will survive.