New York, NY—On Wednesday, August 3rd, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York declined to provide relief to the plaintiffs in Batalla Vidal v. Mayorkas, which include nearly 100,000 first-time Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants whose applications are in limbo and DACA recipients applying to renew their status after a year or more lapse. The New York Immigration Coalition condemns this decision and demands President Biden and Congress provide permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people in the United States.
“Yesterday’s decision from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York is deeply disappointing and infuriating, as the livelihoods of nearly 100,000 DACA-eligible young people who have never known any other home outside of the United States are once again endangered,” Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition Murad Awawdeh shared with Black Westchester. “DACA has provided critical protections for young people, families, and communities for a decade, and for the courts to dismiss it is to cruelly jeopardize new applicants seeking this essential relief. As our courts and conservative politicians continue to deny immigrant communities their basic rights and humanity, our Democratic leaders cannot continue to deflect responsibility, and must pass meaningful immigration reform. As we await another pending court decision on DACA from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, it is increasingly imperative that Congress and President Biden defend our DACA-eligible young people and the 11 million undocumented people who call the United States home by providing permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship.”
Young, undocumented immigrants who hoped to secure protections from deportation asked a New York federal court to order interim relief while a separate legal battle over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program plays out in Texas.
Plaintiffs in a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York argued in a motion filed Monday, June 6th, that the Biden administration went beyond the requirements of an order from a Texas federal court by suspending the processing of first-time DACA applicants and adjudication of DACA renewals.
The program, established by the Obama administration in 2012, offers immigrants brought to the US as children protection from removal and separate work authorization. But its long-term status remains in doubt after a Texas federal district court declared the program unlawful last year.
Will this New York judge’s refusing the request by immigrants brought to the US as children further upend the Dreams of Dreamers?
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for more than 200 groups in New York State. We envision a New York state that is stronger because all people are welcome, treated fairly, and given the chance to pursue their dreams. Our mission is to unite immigrants, members, & allies so all New Yorkers can thrive. We represent the collective interests of New York’s diverse immigrant communities and organizations and devise solutions to advance them; advocate for laws, policies, and programs that lead to justice and opportunity for all immigrant groups; and build the power of immigrants and the organizations that serve them to ensure their sustainability, to improve people’s lives, and to strengthen our state.