Joe Biden has saying The US Department of Justice intends to appeal a new court decision that effectively stops an Obama-era program designed to protect young immigrants from deportation.
Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen ruled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program illegal on Friday. This program prevents the deportation of immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children, known as “Dreamers.”
This ruling prohibits the government from approving new applications, in other words, suspending Dhaka. For now, Dhaka is preserved for more than 616,000 people enrolled in the program until other courts intervene. Hanen’s decision is also in favor of the other eight conservative states suing to thwart Dhaka.
“Yesterday’s federal court ruling is deeply disappointing. While the court order does not now affect Dhaka’s current beneficiaries, this decision nonetheless relegates hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to an uncertain future, ”the president’s statement said.
“The Department of Justice intends to appeal this decision to preserve and strengthen Dhaka. And, as the court recognized, the Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a proposed rule on Dhaka in the near future. “
Dhaka has come under fire from conservatives since its inception in 2012. Texas in 2018 requested to halt the program through a preliminary injunction.
While Hanen denied this request, his decision appears to have foreshadowed. Hanen stated that he believed Dhaka, as instituted, was likely unconstitutional without congressional approval.
Hanen also decided in 2015 that Barack Obama could not expand Dhaka’s protections or implement a program that would protect Dreamers’ parents.
In September 2017, the Trump administration announced that it planned to end Dhaka, causing confusion among recipients. After extensive legal battles, the United States Supreme Court blocked Donald Trump’s efforts.
Biden has lobbied for Dhaka to become permanent and promised in the election campaign that he would make the program permanent. While legislation from the US House of Representatives gave the green light in March that created a path to citizenship for Dreamers, the measure has languished in the Senate.
“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’s statement also said.
“But only Congress can secure a permanent solution by providing a path to citizenship for Dreamers that will provide the certainty and stability that these young people need and deserve. I have repeatedly asked Congress to pass the American Dream and Promise Act, and now I renew that call with the utmost urgency.
“It is my fervent hope that through reconciliation or other means, Congress will finally bring safety to all Dreamers, who have lived too long in fear,” Biden said.
Associated Press contributed to this report.