Federal judge orders end to DACA, current enrollees safe for now

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HOUSTON -- A national justice successful Texas connected Friday ordered an extremity to an Obama-era programme that prevented the deportations of immoderate immigrants brought into the United States arsenic children, putting caller unit for enactment connected President Joe Biden and Democrats who present power Congress.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled successful favour of Texas and 8 different blimpish states that had sued to halt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides constricted protections to astir 650,000 people. People who are already enrolled won't suffer protections, but Hanen is barring the processing of caller applications.

Hanen's determination limits the contiguous quality of Biden, who pledged during his run to support DACA, to support the programme oregon thing akin successful place. His ruling is the 2nd by a national justice successful Texas stopping Biden's migration plans, aft a tribunal barred enforcement of Biden's 100-day enactment connected astir deportations.

Biden has already projected authorities that would supply a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 cardinal radical surviving successful the U.S. without authorization. He besides ordered agencies to marque efforts to sphere the program.

Supporters of DACA, including those who argued earlier Hanen to prevention it, person said a instrumentality passed by Congress is indispensable to supply imperishable relief. Hanen has said Congress indispensable enactment if the U.S. wants to supply the protections successful DACA to recipients commonly known arsenic "Dreamers."

Hanen's ruling came aft helium held a astir 3 1/2 hr tribunal proceeding Dec. 22 connected DACA's fate.

The states argued that erstwhile President Barack Obama ne'er had the authorization successful 2012 to make a programme similar DACA due to the fact that it circumvented Congress. The states besides argued the programme drains their acquisition and healthcare resources.

Suing alongside Texas were Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina, and West Virginia - states that each had Republican governors oregon authorities attorneys general.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, which defended the programme connected behalf of a radical of DACA recipients, had argued Obama had the authorization to institute DACA and that the states lacked the lasting to writer due to the fact that they had not suffered immoderate harm owed to the program.

Hanen had rejected Texas' petition successful 2018 to halt the programme done a preliminary injunction. But successful a foreshadowing of his latest ruling, Hanen said successful 2018 that helium believed DACA arsenic enacted was apt unconstitutional.

"If the federation genuinely wants to person a DACA program, it is up to Congress to accidental so," Hanen wrote then.

Hanen ruled successful 2015 that Obama could not grow DACA protections oregon institute a programme shielding their parents.

While DACA is often described arsenic a programme for young immigrants, galore recipients person lived successful the U.S. for a decennary oregon longer aft being brought into the state without support oregon overstaying visas. The wide Center for American Progress says astir 254,000 children person astatine slightest 1 genitor relying connected DACA. Some recipients are grandparents.

The U.S. Supreme Court antecedently ruled that erstwhile President Donald Trump's effort to extremity DACA successful 2017 was unlawful. A New York justice successful December ordered the Trump medication to reconstruct the programme arsenic enacted by Obama.

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