Former President Barack Obama took to Twitter over the weekend to strike back after a federal judge blocked new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
That didn’t go well with Obama, who was demanding that Congress take action to find permanent protection for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors known as dreamers.
“For more than nine years, DREAMers have been watching courts and politicians discuss whether they can stay in the only country many of them have ever known,” tweeted Obama. “It is long time Congress acted and gave them the protection and assurance they deserve.”
For more than nine years, DREAMers have watched courts and politicians debate whether they can stay in the only country many of them have ever known. It is long time Congress acted and gave them the protection and security they deserve.
– Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 17, 2021
It came after Texas Judge Andrew Hanen blocked new applications for the DACA program, saying the Department of Homeland Security had violated the Administrative Procedure Act “in creating and operating the DACA,” according to The Hill.
The ruling has no impact on the status of the 600,000 current DACA recipients, who are allowed to stay in the program and renew their benefits, protect immigrants from deportation and offer work permits. This depends on an upcoming order from Hanen himself, the 5th District Court of Appeals, or the Supreme Court.
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President Joe Biden also complained about the verdict in a separate statement.
“In 2012, the Obama-Biden administration created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that enables hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to stay, live, study, and serve in our communities in the United States work. Nine years later, Congress failed to act to pave the way for dreamers to become citizens, ”said Biden.
“Yesterday’s federal court ruling is deeply disappointing,” he added. “Although the court’s order does not affect current DACA recipients, this decision points hundreds of thousands of young immigrants into an uncertain future.”
“The Justice Department intends to appeal this decision in order to preserve and strengthen DACA. And as the court recognizes, the Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a rule proposal regarding DACA in the near future, ”Biden said.
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“But only Congress can ensure a lasting solution by giving dreamers a route to citizenship that provides the security and stability these young people need and deserve,” he continued.
“I have repeatedly urged Congress to pass the American Dream and Promise Act and I am now urgently renewing that call,” concluded Biden. “I sincerely hope that through reconciliation or in some other way, Congress finally offers security to all dreamers who have lived in fear for too long.”
This piece was written by James Samson on July 18th, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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