Biden: Justice Department Will Appeal Judge’s Ruling That DACA Is Illegal

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VOA FILE – A sign is held aloft as people rally outside the Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program, Nov. 12, 2019, in Washington.

The U.S. Justice Department will appeal a judge’s ruling that determined a federal program protecting young immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation is illegal, President Joe Biden said Saturday.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, in the south-central state of Texas, invalidated former President Barack Obama’s program Friday, ruling that Obama acted unlawfully when he created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012 by executive action.

In a White House statement released Saturday, Biden said Hanen’s ruling was “deeply disappointing” and renewed calls for Congress to “ensure a permanent solution.”

Hanen’s ruling agreed with a group of U.S. states, led by Texas, that sued to end the DACA program.

While Hanen’s order did not affect immigrants already covered by DACA, Biden said the ruling “relegates hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to an uncertain future.”

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