A federal appeals court has deferred its ruling on the legality of a program that protects immigrants brought into the United States as children, returning the case to a lower court judge to look at a newly published rule for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.
The 5th U.S. circuit court of appeals ordered a lower court judge in Texas to look again at the Biden administration’s revisions to the DACA program, leaving the program in place for the time being despite indicating in its ruling that it finds the program to be unlawful.
Penn Today asked Sarah Paoletti to shed some light on the ruling. Paoletti, who founded the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s international human rights and immigration clinic, the Transnational Legal Clinic, discusses some background on the ruling and what it means for DACA beneficiaries and their family members.
Fact Sheet on DACA: DACA UPDATE LITIGATION 10 2022.docx (presidentsalliance.org).
Further information on DACA and its history is available here: Immigration in a Biden Administration | Penn State Law | University Park, Pa. (psu.edu).