Skip to content
Know Your Rights
Category: Immigration

Federal judge rules against DACA, again

  • Jose Lopez Co-Executive Director
  • Arlenis Morel Co-Executive Director
  • Theo Oshiro Co-Executive Director

Last night, Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

This decision ignores the strong legal arguments behind the program and puts hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients at risk. It does not immediately impact current DACA recipients, whose current status remains intact through appeals and who can continue renewals.

Join our legal and organizing teams today at 6 p.m. to learn more about last night’s court decision and what it means for DACA recipients.

Following last night’s ruling, the Biden administration is likely to appeal, and the Supreme Court will ultimately decide the fate of DACA and the future of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients and their families.

As our DACA recipient and Lead Organizer at Make the Road New York, Zuleima Dominguez said:

“I am devastated by this decision that once again triggers my fear of having my family torn apart. As a current DACA recipient with loved ones who have been waiting to apply for this program, I know that this ruling puts the livelihoods of hundreds of immigrant youth across the country under attack. We have lived with immense uncertainty and as pawns in political games for years. Once again, today, an extremist judge has done the bidding of extreme MAGA politicians to try to rob us of our future.

“We have survived unrelenting attacks on our communities, and our fight does not end here. We will continue vigorously demanding our people’s need for a pathway to citizenship. We need a permanent solution for people like me and undocumented immigrants nationwide to be truly protected. We urge the Biden administration and Congress to take immediate bold legislative and executive actions and provide immediate relief for our community.”

For current DACA recipients: DHS will continue to process DACA renewals and Advance Parole applications. We encourage DACA recipients to continue to renew and apply for Advance Parole (best practice is to consult with a legal service provider beforehand). Our legal and organizing teams will host a Facebook LIVE at 6 p.m. to debrief on this latest court decision.

We will keep up the fight to defend DACA and win a pathway to citizenship for all immigrants. Thank you for being with us in the fight.

In solidarity,