Friday, May 24, 2024

Federal Judge Invalidates New DACA Rules

In July, 2020, Chad Wolf, Homeland Security secretary, decided to issue a memo claiming that the new application for DACA, a program that protects undocumented immigrants who arrived to the U.S. as children from deportation, would not be accepted and renewals would be limited to only one year instead of two.

Just  a few days ago, a federal judge ruled that the new rules limiting applications and renewals for DACA are invalid because Chad Wolf, who enacted these rules, was not legally serving as Homeland Security secretary.

This new ruling is a defeat against the Trump administration which has attempted to end the program since 2017 but has been  blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court. Even though, the Trump Administration has been successful in accomplishing various immigration limits, it has failed to completely dismantle  DACA .

Now, this new ruling is a win for DACA and DREAMers all over the country. As Inauguration Day approaches, the Trump Administration is pushing  to get Wolf confirmed  before then. But, in the last week, Homeland Security officials have spoken to Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell’s office in an attempt to bring the nomination to a floor vote within the next week. This action seems to concede that there will be a change in administrations as well as the criticism that Wolf’s appointment was invalid.