Few US tech companies are disappointed with a ruling by a federal judge that blocked new applications to the DACA program that protects immigrants who were brought to the US as children from deportation.
On Friday, US District Judge Andrew Hanen sided with a group of states suing to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, arguing that former US president Barack Obama illegally created it in 2012.
“Dreamers and immigrants make the US and Twitter better,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement.
A spokesperson from Google, Jose Castaneda, said, “We have argued in support of DACA program and disappointed by the decision of the judge.”
Twitter, Google, Microsoft, and Photoshop maker Adobe have requested US Congress to come together to protect Dreamers. Google said they want DACA to be cemented into law.
Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, said that the ruling is disappointing and created uncertainty for Dreamers.
The judge ruled that the DACA program violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it was created but said that since many people currently enrolled in the program, nearly 650,000, and his ruling would temporarily stay for their cases and their renewal applications.
When President Barack Obama created the DACA program, Biden, then vice president, has said he wants to make a permanent pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, known as “Dreamers.”
On Saturday, Biden promised to preserve the program that protects from deportation of several immigrants brought to the US as children, promising to appeal the judge’s ruling invalidating it and urging Congress to provide a path to citizenship.
What is DACA –
DACA is an immigration policy of the US that allows some individuals with unlawful presence in the country after being brought to the country as children to get a two-year renewable period of deferred action from deportation and qualified for a work permit in the US.