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Federal Judge Stops Biden White House’s Authoritarian Move on Amnesty

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Liberals are up in arms over the decision by a federal judge Friday preventing the Biden administration from reinstating the amnesty program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals for new applicants, although the program may continue for those illegal aliens already in it.

This is a very important court decision in slowing the trend toward an authoritarian executive. It says that a president cannot simply ignore existing immigration law outlining who may legally enter the country and grant administrative amnesty (and government benefits) to whomever he wants.

As I have explained before, President Barack Obama told his Department of Homeland Security in 2012 to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

DACA allowed certain illegal aliens who were minors when they came into the country to apply for a renewable, two-year reprieve from deportation and gave them work authorizations and access to Social Security and Medicare benefits. Between 700,000 and 800,000 illegal aliens eventually became qualified under the program and started collecting benefits paid for by taxpayers.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas outlines the history of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and all of the confusing litigation over it. The legal fight began when 26 states led by Texas sued over creation of a second amnesty program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, and the Obama administration’s attempt to expand the DACA program.

Hanen ordered a halt both to DAPA and expansion of DACA in 2015, and the Supreme Court affirmed that decision in a split vote in 2016, when the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat was vacant.

When the Trump administration took over, it attempted to end DACA in its entirety. However, it was stopped from doing so after more litigation, including a case filed by the regents of the University of California, which ended up at the Supreme Court again. The 26........

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