© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A sign in support of DACA Dreamers lies on the steps of the United States Supreme Court after the court refused to hear a challenge to California sanctuary laws by the Trump administration in Washington, DC, the United States, on June 15, 2020. REUTERS / Tom Brenner / file
From Kanishka Singh
(Reuters) – Some U.S. tech companies expressed disappointment at a federal judge ruling blocking new applications for a program to protect immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.
US District Judge Andrew Hanen on Friday sided with a group of states suing for the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, arguing that it was illegally launched in 2012 by former President Barack Obama has been.
“We have argued for this program for a long time and filed an amicus brief in this case, and we are very disappointed with the decision (by the judge),” said Google (NASDAQ 🙂 spokesman Jose Castaneda.
“Dreamers and immigrants make the United States – and Twitter – better,” a spokesman for social media platform Twitter said in a statement sent via email.
Twitter, Google, Microsoft (NASDAQ 🙂 and Photoshop maker Adobe (NASDAQ 🙂 called on the US Congress to come together to protect Dreamers.
Microsoft President Brad Smith said that the “disappointing” verdict “once again created uncertainty for dreamers”.
The judge ruled Friday that the program was in breach of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it was created, but said that because of the large number of participants in the program now – nearly 650,000 – its ruling will be temporarily suspended pending their cases and their extension extend applications.
Biden, who was vice president when Obama launched the program, said he wanted to create a permanent path to citizenship for DACA recipients known as “Dreamers”.
On Saturday, Biden pledged to maintain the program to protect against deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States as children, pledged to appeal the judge’s verdict, and called on Congress to find a route to citizenship.
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