The Biden administration will appeal an injunction ordered by a federal judge on Friday related to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, first established under Barack Obama.
Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the Obama administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act and announced that “the DACA memorandum and the DACA program it created are hereby voided and referred to DHS for further consideration.” His judgment, however, does not affect the more than 600,000 people already registered.
President Joe Biden He called the result “deeply disappointing,” but also noted that “only Congress can ensure a permanent solution by providing a path to citizenship for Dreamers that provides the certainty and stability that these young people need and deserve.”
Obama, before creating the program, had argued that he lacked the constitutionally established authority to do so, stating that only Congress had that power.
Biden’s statement also announced that “the Department of Justice intends to appeal this decision to preserve and strengthen DACA.”
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