A federal judge Friday ruled against Texas and several other states seeking an injunction to immediately halt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA grants a renewable two-year work permit and bars deportation for immigrants brought to the United States as children.
The order by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, means DACA recipients can keep filing for renewals, but the program isn’t out of trouble yet, as Hanen said he believes DACA is illegal and will be ruled against in his court. Texas also can appeal Friday’s decision to the conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Depending on future rulings and those in other federal court cases, a final determination on the legality of DACA could eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Texas AFT and AFT have long supported DACA and the contributions of the “Dreamers”–many of whom are teachers.