Immigration, Politics

Appeals Court Deals Major Blow to Obama-Era DACA Program

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is unlawful.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stopped short of ordering the program dismantled, though it did affirm a lower court’s ruling that stopped the program from growing. Current members of DACA can stay within the program and receive its legal protections, according to The Wall Street Journal.

After failing to convince Congress to pass some form of comprehensive immigration reform, former President Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security created the DACA program in 2012 to protect migrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children from deportation. Read more…

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