Judge Hanen’s DACA Ruling Cruelly Endangers Millions, Immigrant Advocates Demand Pathway to Citizenship

New York, NY—Today, U.S. Judge Andrew Hanen of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued an injunction preventing the Biden administration’s recent DACA regulation from taking effect. This is not a final ruling, and while DACA still stands for existing recipients and renewals are allowed, no new or lapsed applications will be processed. The New York Immigration Coalition denounces this decision that cruelly endangers millions of current and potential DACA recipients, and demands President Biden and Congress pass a pathway to citizenship.

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:

“Today’s decision from Judge Hanen is a clear injustice for the millions of people who are American in every way except for legal status. Despite contributing to our country, raising families, paying taxes, and joining the workforce, DACA holders and Dreamers remain under constant threat by Republican leaders and conservative courts. Judge Hanen’s far-right ruling is a direct assault on the lives of 1.2 million people and their families, and is a national disgrace. As conservative courts continue to be hostile to Dreamers, this latest ruling only illustrates the extent of their anti-immigrant agenda. The Biden administration and Congress have no more excuses to delay passing permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship, as millions of people and families continue to be held hostage by the courts with no sign of relief.”