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“Inhumane and Shameful”: Bush-Appointed Judge Rules DACA Unlawful for Second Time

HeadlineSep 14, 2023

In Texas, a federal judge again declared the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unlawful, blocking an attempt by the Biden administration to codify DACA into a federal regulation. It’s the second such ruling by conservative Judge Andrew Hanen, a George W. Bush appointee. DACA will remain in place for some 580,000 recipients and continue to issue renewals, but will not process first-time applications. The decision prompted calls for the Biden administration to prioritize immigration reform and provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S.

The New York Legal Assistance Group called the ruling “inhumane and shameful” and said “it is unconscionable that our judicial system is placing thousands of people back into the shadows of this dysfunctional, harmful immigration system.” The case is expected to end up at the Supreme Court.

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