US “Dreamers” program frozen by court order

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The US “Dreamers” program frozen by court order

A rally to defend the DACA program took place last June in front of the White House, in Washington.

An appeals court on Wednesday ruled illegal a landmark program from the Obama years protecting from deportation “Dreamers”, migrants who arrived illegally in the United States as minors, a decision that does not withdraw the rights of current beneficiaries.

Judges upheld a trial judgment limiting the scope of this program, thus blocking any new applications, but maintained the status of the approximately 600,000 young people who already benefited from it.

The Court of Appeal returns the judgment at first instance, leaving in particular to the next judge the task of studying the new version, forged by the Biden administration in August, of this program called DACA.


President Joe Biden has said he is disappointed with the decision, which he says means the lives of "Dreamers" remains in limbo.

Today's decision is the result of continued efforts by Republican state officials to strip DACA recipients of the protections and work authorization that many have now held for more than a year. decade, he said in a statement.

“It is high time for Congress to enact permanent protections for Dreamers, including a path to citizenship.

—Joe Biden, President of the United States

Implemented in 2012 under Democratic President Barack Obama, DACA is intended to protect from deportation these Dreamers, who entered illegally as children in the United States, where they have lived since.

< p class="e-p"> But Donald Trump canceled it in 2017, opening a period of great uncertainty for these young adults under 30. In June 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States had inflicted a snub on it by validating this program.

But, basing its decision on procedural questions, the Supreme Court did not ;had not completely closed the legal battle.

In July 2021, a judge partially invalidated the program, finding that the former Democratic president had exceeded his powers by acting by decree, after having failed to pass this reform in Congress. It was this decision, challenged by the Biden administration, that was confirmed on Wednesday.

This program prevents beneficiaries from being deported and gives them a number of social security, essential sesame to work, drive or study in the United States.

The Minister of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, said Wednesday evening deeply disappointed by this decision and called again on Congress to legislate to anchor this program in law.

The House of Representatives, with a Democratic majority, has already passed a text, but the Republicans, who have a blocking minority in Congress, oppose provisions of the reform, which makes its passage, as it stands, unlikely.

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