Biden vows to fight DACA ruling, calls for congressional action

Biden vows to fight DACA ruling, calls for congressional action
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President Joe Biden slammed a court order halting new applications under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy as "deeply disappointing" and called on Congress to act to protect those affected.

Biden, who was vice president when then-President Barack Obama signed the executive branch memorandum implementing DACA, said his Justice Department will fight Judge Andrew Hanen's Friday ruling in court.

"While the court’s order does not now affect current DACA recipients, this decision nonetheless relegates hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to an uncertain future," Biden said in a statement. "The Department of Justice intends to appeal this decision in order to preserve and fortify DACA. And, as the court recognized, the Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a proposed rule concerning DACA in the near future."

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The president called on Congress to pass a legislative fix, saying, "Congress has not acted to provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers."

"Only Congress can ensure a permanent solution by granting a path to citizenship for Dreamers that will provide the certainty and stability that these young people need and deserve. I have repeatedly called on Congress to pass the American Dream and Promise Act, and I now renew that call with the greatest urgency," he continued. "It is my fervent hope that through reconciliation or other means, Congress will finally provide security to all Dreamers, who have lived too long in fear."

Hanen's Friday ruling that DACA is illegal also alluded to Congress's power to enact immigration laws.

"DACA is an unreasonable interpretation of the law because it usurps the power of Congress to dictate a national scheme of immigration laws," he wrote.

Hanen's decision to strike down the 2012 program does not immediately cancel the permits for the approximately 635,000 people protected under the program as of Dec. 31, 2020.

Former President Donald Trump attempted to discontinue DACA, but the Supreme Court ruled in the summer of 2020 that his administration could not immediately proceed with its plan to discontinue the program. One day after his inauguration, Biden issued a memo in favor of preserving DACA.

Approximately 50,000 applications were filed after the program reopened in December.

Several pro-immigration advocacy groups condemned Hanen's ruling, with the American Civil Liberties Union foreshadowing future litigation.

"This ruling is wrong and is subject to appeal," the ACLU said in a statement.

Opponents of the program applauded Hanen's ruling, with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeting that he "defeat[ed the] Biden Administration — AGAIN — on illegal immigration."

In May, Paxton touted a federal court's dismissal of his immigration lawsuit against the Biden administration as a win, saying that the result will restore immigration law.

"This is a big win for Texas and the nation. It sends a clear message to the Biden Administration that they will not be able to violate federal immigration law and endanger the lives of Texans. This Administration’s failed policies have only exacerbated the crisis at our southern border, and further exhausted the regular duties of our law enforcement officers," Paxton said in a statement.

Paxton filed the lawsuit two days after Biden assumed office and introduced his plan to "pause removals for certain noncitizens ordered deported to ensure we have a fair and effective immigration enforcement system focused on protecting national security, border security, and public safety" for 100 days.

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Ever since Biden (who has drawn a stark contrast with Trump's tough-on-illegal-immigration stance) assumed office, the United States has been grappling with a large surge of migrants, particularly unaccompanied minors, traversing its southern border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered 188,829 migrants along the southern border in June 2021, and reports indicate that an unprecedented 117,000 migrant children will enter the U.S. by the end of the year.

The most recent border surge saw the arrival of 80,000 unaccompanied minors at the southern border in 2019.

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