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Federal judge declares DACA illegal again; Dreamers face uncertain future

A federal judge's recent ruling sparks fresh uncertainty for DACA recipients as the program's fate heads back to the Supreme Court

In the ongoing saga surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a federal judge has declared it illegal, raising questions about the future of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

While this decision has concerned "Dreamers" and immigration advocates, the program remains in place for current recipients, though its ultimate fate hangs in the balance.

DACA's legal status questioned again

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen recently issued a ruling in favor of Texas and eight other states that have been challenging the legality of DACA. Hanen, while expressing sympathy for DACA recipients and their families, reiterated his concerns about the program's legality. He emphasized that the responsibility to address these issues lies with Congress and not with the executive or judicial branches.

This ruling extends the current injunction against DACA, preventing the approval of new applications while allowing existing recipients to maintain their protections.

DACA advocates holding a placard

The road to the Supreme Court

This latest legal development sets the stage for a potential showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court, marking the program's third appearance before the highest court in the land. The outcome of this legal battle will determine whether DACA continues to provide a lifeline for young immigrants or faces an uncertain future.

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