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New Yorkers voice concerns about the creation of not one, but two draft maps for congressional and state voting districts; and providers ask the Supreme Court to act on Texas' new abortion law.

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The January 6th committee subpoenas former Trump officials; a Senate showdown looms over the debt ceiling; the CDC okays COVID boosters for seniors; and advocates testify about scams targeting the elderly.

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After DACA Court Ruling, Advocates Call on Congress for Immigration Overhaul

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Monday, July 26, 2021   

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- In a recent ruling, a federal judge in Texas blocked new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Now some advocates say action rests on Congress to provide a permanent solution for individuals unlawfully brought to the U.S. as children, most often by their parents or relatives.

Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianzas Americas, said the decision means federal immigration officials can no longer process new DACA applications, effectively halting the program.

"What ultimately continues to cause so much harm is the fact that we have an immigration law that is completely divorced from reality," Chacón argued. "Divorced from the fact that immigration and immigrants have been extremely vital for the well functioning of the United States of America."

According to the American Immigration Council, Kentucky was home to more than 2,700 DACA recipients as of March of last year, and 62% of DACA-eligible immigrants have submitted applications to the program.

Chacón added while the decision means first-time DACA applicants, currently more than 81,000, face uncertainty, there is no cause for alarm for individuals already awarded DACA status.

"And I surely hope that people do not get thoroughly discouraged by this development because pursuing education is something that the very creation of DACA changed significantly," Chacón remarked.

DACA has withstood numerous legal challenges since its inception during the Obama administration in 2012.

Last summer the Supreme Court ruled the Trump administration's attempt to end the program was, quote, "arbitrary and capricious," and a violation of federal law.


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