In a recent decision, a federal judge had refused to entertain a new application to a program that aims at protecting immigrants from deportation who came to the United States when they were children. Andrew Hanen, the U.S. District Judge on July 16, 2021, took sides with a group of states that have been fighting for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to come to an end. He narrated that the program was illegally created in 2012 by then-president Barrack Obama.
The judge’s ruling concluded that the program violated the APA (Administration Procedure Act) when it was brought into force. However, there are many individuals who enrolled in the program at present, approximately 650,000; the ruling will take effect by staying their cases and their renewal applications.
The decision states that although the U.S. government can continue to take on applications to the program, they have no authority to approve them. The order makes clear that it is not required from the government’s side to take any deportation, immigration, or criminal action against DACA holders.
Only last year, the Supreme Court had put a stop to Trump’s decision to end DACA, saying that his administration was gravely arbitrary and capricious in doing so.Looking at the new judgment, some U.S. tech giants have expressed their disappointment towards the ruling. Google’s spokesperson, Jose Castaneda, in a statement, said that Google had shown support towards the program for a long time. It was so much so that an amicus brief was also filed by them in court.
In another instance, Twitter’s spokesperson said that Dreamers and Immigrants help the U.S. and their social media platform is a better place. Companies such as Microsoft, Google, Abode, and Twitter are urging the U.S. Congress to work together towards protecting Dreamers, with Google stating that they would like to see the program become a “cemented” law.
Brad Smith, Microsoft President, in a statement said that the ruling was disappointing and will cause uncertainty for people with the “dreamers” tag yet again. Joe Biden, the current president of the United States, was also the Vice President when the program was created by Obama. He announced that he would surely like to create a permanent pathway of gaining citizenship for all DACA receivers, termed as “dreamers.”
On July 17, 2021, Biden Vowed that he would preserve a program that is at the center of stopping the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. He further promised that the judge’s ruling would be appealed so that the decision could be invalidated and Congress could judiciously hatch out a pathway for such people.