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Biden ‘disappointed’ by court’s ruling on Dreamers

Washington, Oct 5 (EFE).- United States President Joe Biden said Wednesday he was “disappointed” at the decision of a federal appeals court on a program preventing the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the country as children.

The conservative-leaning 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, whose beneficiaries are known as Dreamers, was unlawful but said a lower court should consider new Biden regulations.

“The court’s stay provides a temporary reprieve for DACA recipients but one thing remains clear: the lives of Dreamers remain in limbo,” said Biden, who condemned his Republican rivals and asked Congress – in Democratic hands – to provide Dreamers a path to citizenship.

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that the ruling jeopardizes the long-term safety and security of the Dreamers and asked Republicans to “join” the Democrats to find a legal solution.

“This misguided ruling only serves to bring greater instability to the DACA program, which has prevented the cruel and unfair deportation of thousands of people who’ve only known America as their home and contribute greatly to our economic prosperity,” he said.

DACA, launched by former president Barack Obama in 2012, provides deportation protection and work permits to nearly 600,000 immigrants who were brought into the US as children – lacking in legal status – and who are now adults.

In the ruling, the three-judge panel ordered the continuation of a ban on approving new DACA applications, but would allow renewals of existing enrollments.

The court sent the case back to a lower court in Texas, which will have to make a decision on DACA in light of regulations issued by the government in August to protect the program from legal challenges. EFE


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