President Joe Biden and his administration have lofty goals of providing paths to amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, but on Friday, his plan took a massive hit from which his administration might not be able to recover.
According to Fox News, a Texas-based federal judge slammed the brakes on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a program launched through executive action by former President Barack Obama in 2012. The judge in the case ruled that the program is illegal.
“DACA would grant lawful presence and work authorization to over a million people for whom Congress had made no provision and has consistently refused to make such a provision,” the federal judge wrote.
It was on Friday that U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen ordered the Biden administration to stop accepting new DACA applications — a program that grants deportation protection to illegal immigrants, along with work permits.
Judge Hanen found in his ruling that when the policy was first created, the Department of Homeland Security violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Notably, the judge indicated that the administration can still accept DACA applications, but not approve them.
The Texas judge also said that his ruling doesn’t affect the hundreds of thousands of people currently classified as protected under the DACA program.
The lawsuit challenging DACA, which has been labeled as “illegal” for many years by a number of Republicans, was originally brought to the court by a coalition of states seeking to bring the program to a halt.
Biden vows to fight back
Not surprisingly, the president wasn’t thrilled with Hanen’s bombshell ruling and issued a statement shortly after in which he vowed to use his Department of Justice to appeal the ruling, as well as calling on Congress to finally pass a law to make the program legitimate.
“The Department of Justice intends to appeal this decision in order to preserve and fortify DACA. And, as the court recognized, the Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a proposed rule concerning DACA in the near future,” Biden’s statement read, according to the Washington Examiner.
The president went on to dial up the pressure on his congressional allies to pass a bill that would permanently establish a DACA-like program for the millions of illegal immigrants currently on U.S. soil.
“Only Congress can ensure a permanent solution by granting a path to citizenship for Dreamers that will provide the certainty and stability that these young people need and deserve. I have repeatedly called on Congress to pass the American Dream and Promise Act, and I now renew that call with the greatest urgency,” Biden wrote.
With Republicans set to win majority control of at least one chamber of Congress next year, Biden’s friends on Capitol Hill had better move quickly, as the clock is ticking.