Status: 07/17/2021 at 7:59 PM.
The Dreamer Program prevents the deportation of people who came to the United States as children. The protection program was overturned by a federal judge. US President Biden has now announced that he will appeal the decision.
The US Department of Justice wants to challenge the decision of a federal judge in Texas that ruled a protection program for young immigrants illegal. This was announced by US President Joe Biden.
The judge’s decision from the previous day was “deeply disappointing,” Biden said. This does not affect those who have already registered for the so-called DACA program. But “hundreds of thousands of young migrants face an uncertain future,” the US president said.
District judges ruled on the basis of nine states
The DACA program was arranged by former US President Barack Obama, under whom Biden was Vice President. Its purpose is to prevent the deportation of some people who came to the United States as children, known as “dreamers”. District Judge Andrew Hannon recently ruled in favor of Texas and eight other conservatively governed states that the initiative should be halted.
The plaintiffs argued that Obama did not have the authority to create a program like DACA in 2012 because Congress was sidelined. The program is draining their funds for education and health. All the plaintiff states—in addition to Texas, are the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina, and West Virginia—that had Republican governors or attorney generals.
In his decision, Hannon wrote that the states had demonstrated the difficulties that continued operation of DACA placed on them. Furthermore, the government has no legitimate interest in continuing the “illegally started programme”. However, those who have already registered for the program do not lose their security. The judge’s decision prevents new applications from being approved.
Biden wants to keep DACA program
Biden promised to have DACA in the election campaign. He has already directed officials to make efforts to maintain the programme. With Hannon’s decision, Biden’s ability to act on the issue is restricted, and pressure mounts on him and the Democrats who control Congress. Because even DACA supporters have declared in court that a law passed by Congress is necessary for the permanent protection of those affected by evictions.
Judge Hannon has already said that Congress must act if America wants to protect “dreamers.” The House of Representatives passed a bill in March, giving them the way to naturalize. In the Senate, however, the bill is on hold.
In his statement, Biden again called on Congress to enact a law to permanently protect those covered under the DACA program. Only Parliament can provide a permanent solution that will provide a path to citizenship for “dreamers” so that the youth get the security and stability they need and deserve. They must have been in fear for a very long time.
Pelosi declares law
Human rights activists appealed to the government to provide swift protection to the young migrants. United We Dream organization director, Greisa Martínez Rosa, said: “Unless the president and Democrats in Congress fail to grant citizenship, millions of lives will be at stake.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Democrats would continue to campaign for a law to protect immigrants brought to the United States as children. He urged opposition Republicans to respect the will of the American people and the law to ensure that these young people find a way to citizenship.