The Trump administration’s Tuesday announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer accept new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has angered Hispanic State lawmakers in Texas.
Part of their frustration comes is due the United States Supreme Court’s recent ruling fully restoring the DACA program. The court decided earlier this summer that the administration’s attempt to terminate the program violated the Administrative Procedure Act.
The DHS latest rule change to block new DACA applications is being called both illegal and immoral by the chair of the State’s Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC), State Representative Rafael Anchia. “The Supreme court says, no, you violated the law when you tried to get rid of DACA, turn DACA back on and process it, and you refuse to do so. You're violating not only the court order, but U.S. Constitution. So that's what makes it illegal.”
As for the immoral aspect of the latest move by DHS, Anchia spoke of how much the dreamers love this country desperately and want to serve and be full-fledged Americans. “The symbolism of being so cruel to children really sends a signal about how you're going to be to the rest of us.”
MALC is calling on Congress to confront the administration, as a co-equal branch of government and fight for a permanent solution to protect Dreamers.