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DOJ Set to Challenge U.S. Judge Ruling Declaring DACA Unlawful

HeadlineJul 19, 2021

A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is unlawful, in a crushing blow to immigrant communities and activists. The order does not affect current recipients for now but blocks the Department of Homeland Security from approving any new applications. DACA has offered temporary legal protections and work authorization for over 800,000 undocumented people who were brought to the U.S. as children. Judge Andrew Hanen said the program exceeded President Obama’s authority when he created it through executive action in 2012. President Biden vowed his Justice Department would appeal the ruling. Biden and other Democrats renewed calls for Congress to pass legislation providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have spent almost their entire lives in the U.S.

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