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



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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NBC NEWS - Federal judge declares DACA program illegal, but halts only new applications
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WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Texas on Friday declared illegal the federal program that has allowed nearly 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as children to avoid deportation and remain in the country. As a result, the status of people currently in the program does not change, and they can continue to seek renewal of the DACA status. But he said the Department of Homeland Security cannot grant any new applications from people who have never been in the program. "Judge Hanen’s ruling is a signal to Congress to act immediately and deliver a path to citizenship for Dreamers." The case could wind up before the Supreme Court, which is now more conservative than it was when it kept the DACA program alive a year ago.

BUZZFEED - Biden's Task Force Identified More Than 3,900 Immigrant Children Who Were Separated From Their Families Under Trump
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In May, the government reunited seven families, building on the work previously done by nongovernmental organizations, bringing the total number of reunited parents and children to 1,786. The family reunification task force said the discrepancy stemmed from how officials identified which children qualified. There are also 2,127 children the government suspects have been reunified with their parents, but the task force hasn't been able to confirm that independently. “It is also our hope that they actually were reunified, but we just don't have confirmation of that,” the senior official said. In a statement, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the administration was committed to the "relentless pursuit" of reuniting families separated by under former president Donald Trump.

DAILY CALLER - 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.