U.S. judge rules DACA program illegal, suspends new applications

reuters

07-16-2021

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sided with a group of states suing to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, arguing that it was illegally created by former President Barack Obama in 2012. He said the government could continue to receive new applications to the program, as ordered by a federal judge in a separate case, but that it could not approve them. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in March that his department would issue a formal regulation to strengthen the legal standing of the DACA program, but the agency has yet to do so. The Obama administration issued a memo creating the DACA program after a bipartisan immigration reform bill called the DREAM Act failed to pass Congress. Even though the ruling protects DACA holders for now, the prospect of future court proceedings creates more uncertainty for the group.

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