On July 16, 2021, Texas Judge Andrew Hanen issued a ruling that would temporarily halt the processing of new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications. His reasoning is simple. He believes the program is “illegal.”
While Hanen may have a few lawmakers standing behind him, supporting his views, there are plenty of others who are outraged and “disappointed” by his recent decision, including President Joe Biden. While many are hopeful that Congress will act soon so that Dreamers in the U.S. along with those who wish to receive benefits under the program can live their lives freely and without fearing the program will be rescinded, others are speaking out.
Rally Held in Kansas City
While U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) puts on hold the new DACA applications it received, individuals are holding and attending rallies to voice their frustrations over Judge Hanen’s recent decision. In Kansas City, a group member of the Kansas/Missouri Dream Alliance attended a Citizenship for All rally held in Washington Square Park on July 24, 2021.1
The group member shared that while she was accepted into the DACA program prior to the ruling, her father, who had applied with her, was not. She believes it is the “government” that is responsible for “breaking her father’s heart” and crushing their dreams. During the rally, the woman and approximately 40 other people called for a path to citizenship for immigrants.
The rally was held right across from the Kansas City Immigration Court, the same place where the woman says, “families are torn apart.” While rallying outside the immigration court, the woman led a group chanting “unstoppable, undeniable, undocumented, unafraid,” according to the Kansas City Star. The group also chanted, “Say it loud, say it clear: Immigrants are welcome here.”
What is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) doing with the new DACA applications that have been submitted?
DHS and USCIS, an agency a part of DHS, have both agreed to act in accordance with Judge Hanen’s ruling. Essentially, what this means is that no new DACA applications are being processed. Anyone who has recently submitted a new DACA application might find that their status is pending.
If an individual has questions regarding the recent ruling that was made on July 16th or is concerned about what will happen to their application, they can contact the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen to speak with a Texas immigration lawyer. While there is much uncertainty surrounding the fate of the DACA program, Texas immigration attorney J. Joseph Cohen is here to help individuals stay current on the changes that are happening and how they will affect their ability to obtain immigration benefits.
The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen can be reached at:
310 South St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2100
San Antonio, Texas 78205