Joe Biden announced that he would appeal the ruling that blocks the program for "Dreamers," the undocumented who came to the US as children.
The US president defended the standard of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and urged Congress to seek a "permanent solution" that enables citizenship for this group.
US President Joe Biden called this week a federal judge's decision to suspend a program that protects uncertified immigrants arriving in the country as children "extremely disappointing."
In a White House statement, Biden said the Justice Department would appeal the ruling of Texas Judge Andrew Hanen, adding that "Only Congress can guarantee a permanent solution by granting a path to citizenship for Dreamers."
Founded in 2012 by former President Barack Obama, the Deferred Action for Childhood (DACA) program covers about 700,000 people, known as "dreamers." To many, it is the only country they know.
Survivors received temporary relief through DACA in June 2020 when the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration had not provided significant justification for its efforts to end the program.
By making it clear that it ruled primarily on procedural matters, the high court left the possibility for further challenges.
In his ruling, Judge Hennon of the Federal District Court in Houston ruled that Obama had exceeded his authority when establishing DACA through an executive order, declaring it illegal. He ruled that the government should stop accepting people into the program, although it could still receive applications.
Hanen indicated that his decision did not require the Department of Homeland Security or the Department of Justice to "prosecute any immigration, deportation or any DACA recipient, the applicant or another person who She doesn't take it otherwise. "
The decision also did not immediately affect the situation of people who had already been accepted into the program.
To apply for DACA protection, which also allows for the right to work, applicants must have arrived in the United States before the age of 16. They must go to school or graduate from high school or equivalent, or they have been honorably discharged from the army. , And you have no criminal record.
In 2017, then-President Donald Trump tried to dismantle DACA because it was unconstitutional, prompting a lengthy court battle that ended in the Supreme Court. However, DACA survived and was reinstated last December.
Since taking office, Biden has sought to strengthen the program and initiate broader immigration reform.
In a tweet Saturday, Obama echoed Biden's call for Congress to find a permanent solution for the "dreamer." "For more than nine years, dreamers have seen courts and politicians debating whether they should be allowed to live in the same country that so many people know. Let them work and give them the protection and confidence they deserve, "he wrote on social media.
After Friday's decision, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats in Congress are urging Republicans to join us in upholding the will of the American people and upholding the rule of law, to ensure that dreamers are granted citizenship. Is a permanent route.