Federal judge deals a blow to Obama’s DACA program

Former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been ended, at least for the time being.

Fox News reports that a federal judge has ordered the shut down of the DACA program on the grounds that Obama violated federal law by unilaterally implementing it. 

The decision was made by Texas Judge Andrew Hanen.

“[The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)] violated the [Administrative Procedure Act (APA)] with the creation [of] DACA and its continued operation, “Hanen wrote. “The DACA Memorandum and the DACA program that it created are hereby vacated and remanded to DHS for further consideration, as requested. DHS … is hereby enjoined from approving any new DACA applications and granting the attendant status.”

Background

Obama established the DACA program back in 2012. What it did was stop illegal immigrants who came to this country as minors from being deported by giving them work permits.

Since its inception, roughly 700,000 illegal aliens have been granted work permits, allowing them to stay in America, under the DACA program. There, additionally, are hundreds of thousands more who have been deemed eligible for the program.

President Joe Biden has been looking to ramp up Obama’s DACA program by adding new applicants.

And, Biden and the Democrats, along with even some Republicans, have been looking to find legislative ways to grant amnesty to those illegal aliens who are already part of the DACA program or who have been deemed eligible for it. One such plan is the sneaking of an amnesty measure, that would include a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and eligible recipients, in an infrastructure deal that the Democrats are looking to push through Congress using budget reconciliation.

Hanen’s decision now adds a layer of complication to things.

“Disappointing”

President Biden put out a statement on Saturday calling Hanen’s decision “disappointing.”

“Yesterday’s Federal court ruling is deeply disappointing,” Biden said. “While the court’s order does not now affect current DACA recipients, this decision nonetheless relegates hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to an uncertain future.”

Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is now expected to appeal Hanen’s ruling. In the meantime, Biden and his administration have vowed to continue protecting “Dreamers” from deportation.

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