Former President Barack Obama took to Twitter over the weekend to respond after a federal judge blocked new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
This did not sit well with Obama, who demanded that Congress take steps to find permanent protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors, known as Dreamers.
Obama sounds off
“For more than nine years, DREAMers have watched the courts and politicians debate whether they will be allowed to stay in the only country many of them have ever known,” Obama tweeted. “It is time for Congress to act and give them the protection and certainty they deserve.”
For more than nine years, DREAMers have watched the courts and politicians debate whether they will be allowed to stay in the one country many of them have known. It is time for Congress to act and give them the protection and certainty they deserve.
– Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 17, 2021
This came after Texas Judge Andrew Hanen blocked new applications for the DACA program, saying the Department of Homeland Security violated the Administrative Procedure Act “with the creation of DACA and its continued operation,” according to The hill.
The ruling does not affect the states of the 600,000 current DACA recipients, who will be allowed to stay in the program and renew their benefits, protecting immigrants from deportation and offering work permits. This is pending an upcoming order from Hanen himself, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.
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President Joe Biden also complained about the ruling in a sentence on your own.
“In 2012, the Obama-Biden Administration created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which has allowed hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to remain in the United States, live, study and work in our communities. Nine years later, Congress has not acted to provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers, ”Biden said.
“Yesterday’s federal court ruling is deeply disappointing,” he added. “While the court order does not now affect current DACA recipients, this decision relegates hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to an uncertain future.”
“The Department of Justice intends to appeal this decision to preserve and strengthen DACA. And, as the court recognized, the Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a proposed rule on DACA in the near future, ”Biden said.
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Biden bends down
“But only Congress can ensure a permanent solution by providing a path to citizenship for Dreamers that gives them the certainty and stability that these young people need and deserve,” he continued.
“I have repeatedly asked Congress to pass the American Dreams and Promises Act, and now I renew that call with the utmost urgency,” Biden concluded. “It is my fervent hope that through reconciliation or other means, Congress will finally provide security for all Dreamers, who have lived too long in fear.”
This piece was written by James Samson on July 18, 2021. It originally appeared on LifeZette and is used with permission.
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