Will the Federal Appeals Court uphold DACA Program?
The arguments of both the plaintiffs and defendants are set...
Today is the day that immigration advocates head to the federal appeals court in New Orleans, Louisiana in hopes of saving the DACA program. The program was first introduced in the Obama era and prevented the deportation of thousands of people brought to the United States as children.
Last year, a major obstacle was put forth against the program as a Texas judge ruled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program illegal. He did however allow the program to remain for individuals already benefitting from it but those who would be newly aided by the program are no longer allowed.
The United States Justice Department is defending the program along with the State of New Jersey. The Mexican-American Legal Defense, the Education Fund, Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft will all be arguing on behalf of the DACA recipients vouching that they are “employees, consumers, and job creators.”
The plaintiffs are arguing that the program was enacted with no proper legal procedures such as public notice and comment periods. Also, the states argue of the financial harms induced by the DACA program as immigrants are allowed to remain in the country illegally.
“DACA imposes classic pocketbook injuries on the States through social services, healthcare, and education costs.”
Texas attorneys said.
Those against DACA’s abolishment state that the states arguing of financial strain have yet to prove the financial benefit of ending the program. DACA is said to be a policy that falls within federal authorities’ power to decide how best to spend the enforcement of resources. Arguments also arise that the financial strain is basically non-existent as DACA recipients decrease the cost due to many of them holding jobs with health insurance benefits and owning homes which forces the payment of property tax and school tax.
If the DACA program is lifted, the damage could be endless. America is a country many of the recipients have come to know and would disrupt the lives established by the families. Advocates say, “Collectively, they are parents of over a quarter-million U.S. citizens, and 70% of DACA recipients have an immediate family member who is a U.S. citizen.”