Restarting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in full will mean prioritizing illegal immigrant “Dreamers” over legal immigrants who are already waiting in line, the government told a court this week, the Washington Times reported.
The Trump administration is attempting to cut off a judge’s order that the complete Obama-era deportation amnesty for Dreamers be put back into place.
“In new court papers filed late Tuesday U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said if it’s forced to restart the program completely it will mean slowing down approval for high-skilled guest workers and relatives seeking to join their American citizen family members here in the U.S.
“USCIS also predicted a flood of 50,000 new applications right at the start from people who would have applied over the last year, but were blocked by President Trump’s decision to phase out the DACA program.
“Several other judges have ordered the DACA program kept in place for the 700,000 or so Dreamers who had already been approved, but a judge in Washington, D.C., recently ordered that the program be reopened even for illegal immigrants who’d never qualified before. His order would also reopen a pathway to citizenship for them — something the Obama administration had said wouldn’t happen when it created the program in 2012.”
“It is DHS’s considered judgment that rescinding DACA best achieves the agency’s immigration enforcement policies and priorities. By preventing the Secretary from implementing her considered policy judgment, the Court’s Orders not only harm Defendants but also the public at large,” the government’s lawyers said in their new filing.
The DACA issue is quickly resurfacing in the public eye. The battle is now being held in the courts rather than Congress, where neither the House nor Senate was able to pass bills granting full legal status to Dreamers.
Meanwhile another case is still pending in a federal court in Texas, where state officials have challenged the original 2012 DACA program itself.
The case is likely to be argued before the Supreme Court in the next term, which begins Oct. 1.