“Immigration is a very complex issue,” Texas federal judge declares DACA illegal
A Texas federal judge orders the government to stop granting new DACA applications and has ruled former President Barack Obama’s executive order illegal.
According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, at least 50,000 applicants who applied earlier this year will not be approved.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA provides protection to approximately 700,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States before the age of 16. feeling of uncertainty about the future of the program and worry about those who can no longer apply.
Without the protections of the DACA, undocumented youth will be subject to deportation, even if they do not have a criminal record.
Jaime Chahin, Dean of Texas State University College of Applied Sciences, said, “Immigration is a very complex issue that affects families, employers, public infrastructure, education, and the US economy. I apologize for the students who might not have the opportunity to be educated and participate in American society after being here all their lives. “
Chahin is the child of immigrants who arrived in the United States in the 1940s. He said that access to education changed his life.
“Education has given me the opportunity to help others contribute to society and ensure that everyone has the same chance to succeed, that they have to work hard and contribute to our society,” said Chahin.
This decision by Federal Judge Andrew Hanen comes after a decade of dialogue and policy regarding the DACA program and the Dream Act. This decision could have potential impacts here in central Texas.
Hope Balfa-Mustakim, director of the Waco Immigrants Alliance, said: “We know there are people in our community who are affected. However, it kind of pushes Democrats in the House and Senate to move on. ‘forward with this reconciliation, this reconciliation budget, where they include immigration reform in the package. “
While the judge’s decision does not affect advocates for current DACA recipients, it does not make the decision any more manageable.
Dr Roslyn Schoen, A&M Central Texas professor of sociology, said, “This has a very big impact on Texas because we have a lot of DACA recipients and a lot of dreamers, which is a slightly different population here in Texas. It is a step to be undocumented, but these recipients still have a lot of difficulties. I personally know a student who has been on the limit. ”
However, this decision leaves nearly 50,000 hopes who applied at the beginning of this year with an uncertain future.
Balfa-Mustakim said: “We know we cannot afford to lose all of our undocumented students are workers, their families whom we know economically it would be so bad for our economy.”
Advocates like Balfa-Mustakim said they were looking for a more permanent solution.
“I hope this will put more pressure for a long-term solution that includes a path to legal status for over 11 million undocumented migrants,” Balfa-Mustakim said.
Schoen said: “Research shows that education prompts a large group of people to apply for DACA. But because DACA is temporary, it pushes people into the world of work and away from education. research shows us that if we do the longer-term program over two years, there would be more beneficiaries who could complete a four-year university program. ”
Ultimately, Congress has the power to pass legislation to stop this back-and-forth cycle surrounding the DACA program.
President Biden has already announced his intention to appeal the decision.