A judge in the United States has passed a ruling against a program for deportation relief.
The ruling came on Wednesday against the program, which gives work permits to immigrants. DREAMERS, as it is officially known, allows immigrants who came into the US as children to get work permits in the US.
The program was an attempt from the Biden administration to bolster new immigration policy. The decision came from Judge Andrew Hannen, who presides over a district court in Texas, USA.
This decision gives a setback to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, also known as DACA. This Biden-promoted program has over 579k enrolees and immigrants who hope to get approval soon.
The deferred action for childhood arrivals has been around for more than a decade.
Judge Hanen is a Republican-backed and appointed judge. He came to the conclusion that this DACA regulation that came into force last year was not serving as a remedy to the US legal deficiencies.
Based on this ground, he declared the DACA program to be unlawful back in the year 2021.
That earlier ruling had blocked any expansion of the DACA program.
The judge has said that the Department of Homeland Security of the United States could choose to renew the status of the people who had already enrolled in the DACA program.
This ruling will, therefore, not affect the people who filed for enrollment before the judge delivered it.
Many recipients of this program can clearly speak English and have good jobs, homes, and families already residing in the United States. The ruling was a response to a lawsuit by the Texas Government and other states.
Judge Hanen’s order does not require the U.S. immigration authorities “to take any immigration, deportation, or criminal action against any DACA recipient, applicant, or any other individual that would otherwise not be taken.”
Karine Jean-Pierre is the White House spokeswoman.
As a response to this order, Karine said, “As we have long maintained, we disagree with the District Court’s conclusion that DACA is unlawful and will continue to defend this critical policy from legal challenges,
She delivered this in the form of a written statement released on Wednesday night. “While we do so, consistent with the court’s order, DHS will continue to process renewals for current DACA recipients and DHS may continue to accept DACA applications.” She added.