US President Joe Biden called the decision of the Federal Court of the Southern District of Texas to partially terminate the program of protection from deportation of illegal immigrants who arrived on American territory as children disappointing. According to a statement issued by the head of the White House on Saturday, the Justice Department will appeal this decision.
“The decision of the Federal Court is deeply disappointing. Although the ruling does not affect the current participants of the DACA program [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – a program that allows delaying the deportation of young people who were brought to the United States as children], it puts hundreds of thousands of young immigrants facing an uncertain future,” Biden said. “The Department of Justice intends to appeal this decision to preserve and strengthen the DACA program.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will also submit a proposal on the operation of the program.
“But only Congress can eventually provide a solution to the issue, opening the way to citizenship for applicants, which will give them stability and certainty about what these young people need and deserve,” the US president believes. Biden urged lawmakers to urgently adopt the relevant bill.
According to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Alejandro Mayorkas, the verdict of the court will not interfere with the efforts of the department to protect applicants for legal status. “The Ministry is focused on protecting the program and will participate in the public rulemaking process to preserve and strengthen DACA. <…> We will continue to consider requests for extension of participation in the program,” Mayorkas said in a statement. According to him, only the adoption of the relevant bill will give the program participants full protection from deportation and open the way to obtaining citizenship.