Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DACA Renewal Applicant Denied Following Civil Disobedience Actions

DACA denial

Buzzfeed has a piece on Nadia Sol Ireri Unzueta Carrasco, a former DACA recipient whose DACA renewal was denied on "public safety grounds" after she was reportedly charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of traffic, and reckless conduct, after participating in protests against the federal government's immigration policies.  She has filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Illinois related to the denial of her DACA renewal.  

The case seems to raise questions related to the discretionary nature of DACA grants and the federal government's treatment of DACA as not giving rise to a right or benefit -- issues that have been central in the United States v. Texas litigation.  Irrespective of the merits of the lawsuit, penalizing a DACA applicant for exercising her right to protest the immigration laws seems like a problematic exercise of discretion. 


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