WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said Saturday that the Justice Department intends to appeal an Obama-era federal judge’s ruling that has saved hundreds of thousands of young migrants from deportation and called on Congress to create a permanent solution. renewed his call.
He said in a statement that Friday’s decision was “deeply disappointing”, and although the judge’s order did not affect those already covered by the deferred action for the Childhood Arrivals program, it was “for an uncertain future”. Turns out hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.”
The program has allowed thousands of young people who were brought into the United States illegally as children, or were allowed to live, work, and stay in the country for longer periods of time than visas. Many recipients, commonly known as “Dreamers,” have been in America for a decade or more now.
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But Texas and eight other states sued to block DACA, arguing that President Barack Obama did not have the power to create the program because it bypassed Congress. U.S. District Judge Andrew Henen in Houston agreed, and while his ruling upheld the program for existing recipients, it prevented the government from approving any new applications.
In his statement, Biden urged Congress to move forward with legislation to permanently protect those involved in the program.
“Only Congress can ensure a permanent solution to the dreamers by giving them a path to citizenship that will provide the certainty and stability these youths deserve and deserve,” the president said.
“I have repeatedly called on Congress to pass the American Dream and Promise Act, and I now renew that call with the greatest urgency,” he said. “It is my fervent hope that by conciliation or other means, Congress will finally provide protection to all those dreamers who have been in fear for too long.”
The House approved legislation creating a path toward citizenship for those affected in March, but the measure stalled in the Senate. Immigration advocates hope to include a provision in the broad budget legislation Democrats want to pass this year, but it’s unclear whether that language will survive.