2023 DACA Ruling: Program Deemed Unlawful

On September 13, 2023, a Texas federal judge ruled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to be unlawful.

DACA was established by the Obama administration in an effort to protect undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States at an early age. Eligible recipients, often referred to as “Dreamers,” are permitted to work legally and are protected from deportation for a two-year term.

In 2022, the Biden administration attempted to codify the program, by moving it towards federal regulation. It was later sued by Texas and other states seeking to halt the acceptance of new recipients and phase out the program.

Wednesday’s DACA ruling bars the acceptance of new Dreamers, citing that the updated version of the program violates the Administrative Procedure Act.

Current DACA recipients are not impacted by the ruling at this time. In a statement, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas maintained that the renewal status of current Dreamers will continue to be processed.

The Biden administration has the right to appeal to the Supreme Court but has not taken that action at this time.

Contact DACA Lawyers Today

Dreamers have faced a long history of challenges to their presence in the U.S., with attempts to block and end the program. The uncertainty of the process can be extremely overwhelming, but you are not alone.

Reeves Immigration Law Group is dedicated to serving our immigration communities and providing the best possible legal support for the most sensitive matters. Our DACA lawyers regularly assist Dreamers with renewals and can guide them through other legal pathways available to them. We are up to date with the latest regulations and will work tirelessly to find a solution to satisfy our clients’ immigration goals.

Contact our DACA lawyers today to discuss how this ruling may impact you.


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