As expected, Judge Hanen once again wrongly ruled the DACA policy is illegal. While this terrible ruling has no impact on DACA recipients’ current protections or their ability to continue to renew them, this is another cruel and disheartening indication that the courts plan to terminate this vital lifeline for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants and their families.
We are deeply sorry for the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients and their loved ones who once again have to deal with this terrible news, but we want to be clear that the status quo continues as this case moves on to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
To be clear, this ruling was as predictable as it was avoidable.
To be clear, this ruling was as predictable as it was avoidable. This moment offers yet another powerful insight into the brokenness of our immigration system, whereby the vast majority of the American public support protecting immigrants and DACA recipients, but our elected leaders can’t seem to muster the courage to do the right thing.
As some presidential candidates fight over who can propose the most anti-immigrant agendas, the future of DACA is now on track to end up in the hands of the Supreme Court. While Congress should have acted long ago and must ultimately give permanent status to all DACA recipients, there are actions the Biden administration can and must do to begin implementing a comprehensive Dreamer Protection Plan before it’s too late.
Todd Schulte is President of FWD.US.
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