Title: Federal Judge Deems Revised DACA Program Illegal, Likely Heading to Supreme Court
Houston, Texas – In a recent development, a federal judge in Houston has declared the revised version of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program illegal. The judge’s ruling came as a response to a lawsuit filed by Texas and eight other states. It is anticipated that the ruling will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Despite declaring the program illegal, the judge allowed existing DACA recipients to maintain their status during the appeals process. However, the ruling prohibits the government from approving new applications. The states arguing against DACA claim that the program, established in 2012 under the Obama administration, was created without the proper authority from Congress.
Interestingly, this is not the first time this particular judge has deemed DACA illegal. In 2021, he had ruled against the program, citing procedural discrepancies in its establishment. The Biden administration had attempted to address these concerns by introducing an updated version of DACA in October 2022. However, the judge has now deemed the revised version also illegal, asserting that it is Congress’ responsibility to enact legislation to protect DACA recipients.
The states involved in the lawsuit argue that allowing immigrants to stay in the country illegally causes significant financial burdens related to healthcare, education, and other services. Conversely, immigrant advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers have criticized the ruling. They are calling on Congress to pass permanent measures that would ensure protections for DACA recipients.
While this ruling poses challenges for the Biden administration’s immigration policies, it opens up avenues for the issue’s consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. The final verdict from the highest judicial authority will greatly influence the future of DACA recipients, who have become an integral part of American society.
As the legal battle unfolds, it remains to be seen how Congress and stakeholders will navigate the complex issue of immigration reform. In the meantime, DACA recipients and their supporters anxiously await a resolution that will provide them with a more stable future in the only home they have ever known.
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