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Federal Court Rules Against Obama-Era DACA Immigration Policy Protecting ‘Dreamers’
In a significant legal development, a federal court has ruled against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy, which was implemented during the Obama administration to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, often referred to as ‘Dreamers.’ This ruling has reignited the ongoing debate surrounding immigration reform and the fate of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients.
The decision came from U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who presides in Texas. He ruled that DACA was implemented unlawfully and that the program should be declared “illegal” due to its circumvention of the rule-making process required under federal law. The judge’s ruling has thrown the lives of approximately 650,000 DACA recipients into uncertainty.
DACA, which began in 2012, allows eligible undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to obtain temporary protection from deportation and work permits, renewable every two years. The program has provided relief to many young immigrants who grew up in the United States, allowing them to pursue education and employment opportunities without the constant fear of deportation.
The decision to strike down DACA has generated strong reactions from both sides of the political spectrum. Supporters of the ruling argue that it upholds the principle of separation of powers, asserting that President Obama overstepped his executive authority when implementing DACA without congressional approval.
Conversely, critics of the ruling view it as a harsh blow to Dreamers, who have built their lives in the United States and have become integral members of their communities. Advocates for DACA recipients are calling on Congress to take swift action to protect these young immigrants and provide them with a path to legal status.
The ruling is expected to face appeals, and its ultimate fate will likely be decided by higher courts. In the meantime, the legal battle over DACA continues to underscore the need for comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the status of Dreamers, as well as other undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The issue remains a pressing concern for policymakers and the millions of individuals directly impacted by the outcome.
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By Jyoti Jha03 Oct 2023