Last week Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the DACA. Created in 2012, DACA granted some undocumented immigrants who had been brought to the United States temporary protection from deportation and legal permission to seek employment and higher education. As noted previously in this blog, a large percentage of our essential workers in health care, education and food services were DACA recipients. DACA was created by executive order by President Barak Obama after Congress failed to reform immigration laws.
In a separate ruling, Judge Hanen noted that the rule does not apply to current DACA recipients, citing the fact that employers, relatives and DACA recipients would be harmed by immediate termination of their status. Under President Biden, the Justice Department will appeal the ruling, but temporary fixes create confusion and anxiety in Dreamers, many of whom have lived here since they were toddlers.
Our Blessed Mother was herself a refugee, when she and Joseph took Jesus to Egypt to protect him from Herod. May Mary give comfort to the Dreamers and wisdom to those working for immigration reform.