Miami, Jul 16 (EFE) .- Democratic leaders and activist groups criticized the order of a federal judge to suspend the new requests for the Deferred Action program (DACA) and urged Congress to give a stable immigration status to thousands of undocumented youth who came to the country as children.
One of the first to show his support for the so-called “dreamers” was the governor of California, Democrat Gavin Newsom, who said that these young people represent “the best” of what America is as a “nation” and therefore, Congress must offer them a new immigration system that opens for them “a clear path to citizenship.”
Also from California is Federal Senator Alex Padilla, who this week was confident in the success of the Democratic tactic to try to avoid obstructionism and incorporate access to citizenship this year for millions of immigrants, including the “dreamers” in a general budget law.
“It is more important than ever that Congress act to protect dreamers and provide a path to citizenship,” he said on Twitter.
Padilla is part of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), which brings together Democratic congressmen and who after hearing the ruling of Judge Andrew Hanen lamented that the “dreamers” have lived in “limbo for too long” and argued that the Capitol was they must pass “permanent protections” for these young people, who should have access, in their opinion, to citizenship.
One of its members of the CHC, the representative for Texas Joaquín Castro, described as “terrible” the decision of Judge Hanen, of the District Court of the South of Texas, which sided with a group of states, led by Texas, that He called for the end of the program on the grounds that it was created illegally by now former President Barack Obama (2009-2017).
Hanen ordered the government to stop approving new DACA applications, although it does allow it to renew existing ones, considering that “it would not be fair to suddenly end a government program that has created such remarkable dependency”, and that this has been able to increase with the passing of the years.
A request similar to that of the CHC came from the Alliance of Presidents on Higher Education and Immigration, which includes a hundred university presidents from across the nation, who saw Hanen’s ruling as a reminder of the “urgent need” for legislation. to permanently protect “dreamers” from deportation, just as DACA does.
For its part, the Latin group Coalition for the Human Rights of Immigrants of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) opted for the formula that the Democrats have chosen this week called “reconciliation”, which would allow a simple majority to approve the path to citizenship for protected by DACA, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and undocumented workers deemed “essential.”
By ordinary means, at least 10 Republican votes in the Senate would be necessary to approve the different bills that would open a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants, but there are serious doubts that that number can be collected and thus avoid the foreseeable blockade to these measures in the Upper House.
Todd Schulte, chairman of another lobby group, in this case the big tech lobby group, FWD.us, said the ruling is “deeply disappointing” as DACA has transformed “hundreds of thousands of lives,” and urged Congress to act “immediately” to find a stable migration exit for these young people.
“Today he makes it absolutely clear: Only a permanent legislative solution passed by Congress will remove the fear and uncertainty that DACA recipients have been forced to live with for years,” he said.