Friday, July 16, 2021
Breaking news from NPR [this thread will be updated]
A federal district judge in Texas has ruled against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, striking a blow to the Obama-era policy that has protected more than 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation since 2012.
The largely expected decision leaves the fate of thousands of the program's beneficiaries, known as DREAMers, in the hands of Congress, the Biden administration and a Supreme Court where conservatives hold a 6-3 majority.
However, the ruling allows for immigrants currently protected by the program to keep their status and allow DACA renewals while the case goes through the appeals process.
The case is Texas v. United States, 1:18-cv-00068. It has been pending since 2018, and it is expected to be appealed to the Fifth circuit and then ultimately resolved in the U.S. Supreme Court.