STATUS. The Dreamers would be the big ones affected by the decision / EFE

A federal judge in Texas has largely stopped an Obama administration initiative that grants work permits and exempts undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation, calling the DACA program “illegal” even when it allowed them to the more than 600 thousand young people who were already in it to maintain their protected status.

US District Judge Andrew S. Hanen sided with Texas and other states in his ruling that President Barack Obama exceeded his executive authority when creating the program.

Hanen’s ruling called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, an “illegally implemented program” and said that “the public interest of the nation is always served by the termination of a program that was created in violation of the law”.

It barred the Department of Homeland Security from approving new applications, issued a permanent injunction voiding the memorandum that created DACA in 2012, when President Biden was vice president, and referred the matter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for reconsideration.


Biden on Saturday called the ruling “deeply disappointing” and said the Justice Department would appeal the decision “to preserve and strengthen DACA.”

“While the court order does not now affect current DACA recipients, this decision relegates hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to an uncertain future,” Biden said in a statement.

The long-awaited drop sparked a political outcry and intensified pressure on the White House and Congress to pass an immigration measure this year. Biden on Saturday renewed his pressure for Congress to pass the American Dream and Promise Act “through reconciliation or other means.”

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who filed the lawsuit against the Biden administration, applauded the decision Saturday.

“I think it’s right to stop a president who just decided he didn’t like federal law and proposed his own immigration laws,” Paxton tweeted. “We sued him, rightly so, for violating federal law and we won.”

The Washington Post. Free translation by El Tiempo Latino

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