Friday, July 16, 2021

Breaking news: Federal judge who ruled against DAPA ruling against DACA

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.


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MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz released the following statement on the court ruling (

“This case should never have been filed, and should never have progressed beyond its filing. Current DACA recipients remain fully protected, but the decision threatens hundreds of thousands of others who should also be protected as they continue to contribute to the betterment of our nation. The decision was plainly determined by the judge’s views of many years ago, and the decision fails to reconcile important recent developments in the law of standing and of presidential authority; it therefore presents numerous grounds for potentially successful appeal.”

Posted by: KJ | Jul 17, 2021 5:06:10 AM

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