President Joe Biden’s push for amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants took a heavy blow on Friday, as a Texas-based federal judge ordered the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to be closed, going as far as calling the program “illegal.”
According to the Washington Examiner, the president issued a strong statement pushing back on the judge’s decision, vowing to utilize his Justice Department to fight to reopen the program, which was originally put in place by former President Barack Obama through the use of executive action.
The order was issued by U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen, who was appointed to the federal bench by former President George W. Bush.
“While the court’s order does not now affect current DACA recipients, this decision nonetheless relegates hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to an uncertain future,” Biden said in a Friday statement.
The president added: “The Department of Justice intends to appeal this decision in order to preserve and fortify DACA. And, as the court recognized, the Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a proposed rule concerning DACA in the near future.”
Biden pivoted back to calling on Congress to pave a clear path for DACA-eligible illegal immigrants, as it would likely be the only surefire way to keep such a program running, as it was only a matter of time before a federal judge picked apart a former president’s authority to implement the program.
“I have repeatedly called on Congress to pass the American Dream and Promise Act, and I now renew that call with the greatest urgency,” Biden said.
Judge Hanen also suggested that only Congress has the power to launch such a program, saying in his ruling: “DACA is an unreasonable interpretation of the law because it usurps the power of Congress to dictate a national scheme of immigration laws.”
Only time will tell if Biden is able to spur his allies in Congress to take action, but with Republicans set to win back at least one chamber of Congress next year, time is most certainly not on Biden’s side.