DACA demands suspended, protesters oppose evictions
A new decision by the DACA suspends new requests; Biden vows to appeal decision
In a lengthy opinion, United States District Court Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or “DACA”, ruling that the implementation of the program violated the law on administrative procedure, which governs the making of federal rules. Judge Hanen’s ruling is limited to new applications, however, and does not affect current DACA recipients, nor exclude future renewal applications for immigrants now protected by the program. President Biden has said he will appeal the decision.
The DACA, established at the end of former President Obama’s first term, protected from deportation immigrants who entered the United States as children before June 2007 and did not have significant criminal records. Over the past nine years, over 800,000 young people have been protected from deportation under DACA, and over 600,000 people currently have DACA. While these individuals are unaffected by the ruling, there are approximately 81,000 immigrants with first-time DACA applications pending with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), as well as any other person who was planning to request relief in the future.
New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez denounced the decision but insisted it was a call to action, saying that “the decision was not a surprise, just a painful reminder that we must stop relying on temporary immigration solutions. Congress must seize the moment and all the opportunities to finally pave the way for legalization for millions of undocumented immigrants.
President Biden also said he found the decision “deeply disappointing” and that the Justice Department would appeal the decision. He further indicated that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) planned to release a proposed rule on DACA “in the near future,” a position subsequently reaffirmed by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who said that DHS planned to “preserve and fortify DACA” with additional policy changes. President Biden also renewed his call on Congress to pass the American Dream and Promise Act, which had already passed the House earlier this year. The law would grant “conditional permanent resident status” to several categories of immigrants, including DACA beneficiaries.
At present, new applications for DACA remain in limbo. USCIS issued a statement on its website that “it will continue to accept the filing of initial and renewal applications for the DACA,” but that, according to the court order, it “is prohibited from accessing initial DACA applications and accompanying employment authorization applications. “
Immigration activists blockade ICE field office in Newark
On Tuesday morning, more than 50 immigration activists gathered to create a blockade at the entrance to the Newark Field Office for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency responsible for physically removing immigrants from the United States . Activists barricaded the driveway leading to the complex – some standing and others seated, some arm in arm while others held pipes between themselves to prevent traffic through the facility – as part of a protest against the continued detention of immigrants.
Although several New Jersey state prisons have stopped or limited the detention of immigrants and decided to end their contracts with the ICE to house inmates, inmate transfers from facilities to other centers in the States- United continued. A protester, Haydi Torres, as shown for the first time on newjersey.com, said that “every day, ICE transfers people in detention in the middle of the night from one place to another, without telling people why or where they are going, without informing family or lawyers.”
The protest ended peacefully shortly after 11:00 a.m. without any arrests.
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