After DACA Court Ruling, Advocates Call on Congress for Immigration Overhaul
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.
References:DACA opinion U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas 07/16/2021
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 07/16/2021
Ky. immigration data American Immigration Council 08/06/2020
DACA information American Friends Service Committee 07/22/2021
Opinion U.S. Supreme Court 06/18/2020
DACA education data Migration Policy Institute Nov. 2017
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