Biden administration cancels appointments of new DACA applicants after ruling

President Biden’s administration cancels appointments of new applicants for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) progr...

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  • President Biden’s administration cancels appointments of new applicants for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
  • The action that the immigration authorities are taking affects those who were applying for the first time and who had an appointment scheduled for the next few days.
  • Current beneficiaries of the DACA program will be able to advance in their renewal procedures.

The government of President Biden cancels appointments of new applicants for the protection of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), after a Federal Court declared the program illegal on July 16.

According to him, the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), are “taking immediate steps to comply with the order of the Federal Court of the Southern District of Texas”, for which they announced this Monday that they would cancel the appointments of immigrants who were requesting this protection for the first time.

Biden administration cancels appointments of new DACA applicants after ruling

Biden administration cancels appointments of new DACA applicants after ruling
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Immigrant rights groups received a message from USCIS via Twitter or email announcing “cancellation of all biometric appointments for initial DACA applicants.”

“Anyone who has an appointment to collect biometric data related to an initial DACA application should not attend the appointment,” they reported regarding new applicants to the DACA program.

Only for new applicants

Biden administration cancels appointments of new DACA applicants after ruling
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As the message indicates, the action that the immigration authorities are taking refers to those who were applying for the first time and who had an appointment scheduled for the next few days. It also includes those who were waiting for a response on the approval of their initial application.

According to the figures offered by USCIS, this would affect more than 50,000 undocumented youth who had already applied for initial protection. As of April 1, USCIS still had 55,550 new DACA applications pending to process, and to this should be added those received from April to July 16, when the ruling against it was issued.

Yes they can renew DACA

Biden administration cancels appointments of new DACA applicants after ruling
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Despite the bad news for some immigrants who were just beginning their amparo process, the current beneficiaries of the DACA program will be able to advance in their renewal procedures, reported the EFE news agency.

Federal Judge Andrew Hanen ordered the Biden government to stop granting new injunctions under this program as it violated the Administrative Procedures Act. However, he clarified that this does not mean that “any deportation or criminal action should be taken against DACA recipients.” In addition, it left open the possibility that the current beneficiaries of the program can renew their temporary residence and work permits.

Unfair to end the program “suddenly”

Biden administration cancels appointments of new DACA applicants after ruling
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Judge Hanen commented that despite the illegality with which these injunctions operated, “it would not be fair to suddenly end a government program that has created such remarkable dependency” since it was created until now.

The ruling was issued just last week and the Biden government is respecting the court’s decision, but there is still the possibility that rulings contrary to Justice Hanen’s will come either in the appeals court or in the Supreme Court.

DACA, since 2012

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program created under the administration of President Barack Obama and was installed by presidential decree in 2012. With this measure, Obama managed to postpone the deportation of hundreds of undocumented immigrants who were brought to The United States when they were minors.

However, in September 2017, then-President Donald Trump ended the program also using a presidential decree. In June 2020, the United States Supreme Court reversed Trump’s measure. More than 700,000 people have found protection in this program.

Biden vows to act on “deeply disappointing” ruling against DACA

Promises action. President Joe Biden said Saturday that he will seek to appeal the “deeply disappointing” ruling against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. announced in Texas.

The news agency AP reported that Biden said the Department of Justice intends to appeal a federal judge’s ruling in Texas that ruled illegal a Barack Obama-era program that has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country from deportation. country when they were kids. In turn, the president renewed his calls to Congress to create a solution that is permanent.

Promise not to sit idly by

ruling against DACA

In a statement cited by the AP, Biden called Friday’s decision “deeply disappointing” and, although the judge’s order did not affect those already covered by DACA, it “relegates hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to a future uncertain”.

The program has allowed thousands of young people who were illegally brought to the United States as children, or who stayed longer than their visas allowed, to live, work and stay in the country. Many of the plan’s beneficiaries, commonly known as “dreamers” or “dreamers,” have been in the United States for a decade or more.

Several states want to stop DACA

But Texas and eight other states are demanding a halt to DACA, arguing that President Obama lacked the power to create the program because he bypassed Congress. Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen in Houston agreed, and while his ruling against DACA left the program intact for existing recipients, he barred the government from approving new applications.

In his statement, Biden urged Congress to move forward with legislation that permanently protects recipients of the program. “Only Congress can ensure a permanent solution by granting a path to citizenship for the ‘dreamers’ that provides the certainty and stability that these young people need and deserve,” said the president.

Biden asks Congress for permanent solution for ‘dreamers’

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“I have repeatedly asked Congress to pass the American Dream and Promise Act and now I renew that call with the utmost urgency,” he said. “It is my fervent hope that, through reconciliation or other means, Congress will finally bring security to all ‘dreamers’ who have lived too long in fear.”

The House of Representatives passed the bill in March to create a path for Dreamers to achieve citizenship, but the initiative stalled in the Senate. Immigrant advocates hope to include a clause that opens that door to naturalization in a broad budget bill that Democrats want to pass this year. Biden administration cancels appointments of new DACA applicants after ruling.

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