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Federal Judge in Texas Partially Ends DACA

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sid Earnheart | sid@jfondfw.org |817.310.3820

Grapevine, TX – Today, a federal judge in Texas issued a permanent injunction vacating the Department of Homeland Security’s memo that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that no new DACA applications will be granted as of today, but that USCIS can continue to process renewals for current DACA recipients while the case goes through the appeals process. It appears that parties from both sides of the case, and the judge, all believe that Congress needs to address the DACA program. We continue to stand with and represent our undocumented brothers and sisters, and we continue to pray that Congress will take action and provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and other undocumented members of our communities.

Giovanny Torres, DACA recipient and Justice For Our Neighbors – North Central Texas Board Member, said:

“I’m saddened to hear that undocumented youth will be unprotected from deportation with this new ruling. I hope that the Biden Administration will hear of this and move swiftly to protect our undocumented community. I’m thankful to know that JFON and other community organizations have fought to protect us and push for immigration reform.”

Mayda Arista, DACA recipient and Justice For Our Neighbors – North Central Texas Board Member, said:

“We cannot continue to live in this limbo. We need a pathway to citizenship now. The Biden Administration must provide us with one and clear the way for those not currently protected by DACA, so they are also able to live without fear in this country. DACA is not enough anymore. We demand more!”



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