Protesters hold illuminated signs during a rally supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), or Dream Act, outside the US Capitol building in Washington, DC, January 18, 2018.
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A federal judge in southern Texas on Friday ordered the Biden administration to stop accepting new applicants under the Obama-era immigration program that saved hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.
But current recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, known as DACA, will not immediately have their position pulled down as a result of the order, the judge said.
The ruling, which jeopardizes the program that President Joe Biden sought to protect, led to outlets reporting arrests at the US-Mexico border, which reached their highest level in more than a decade.
“From this date forward, the United States, its departments, agencies, officers, agents and employees are prohibited from conducting the DACA program,” US District Judge Andrew Hannon wrote in the five-page order.
The judge’s order barred those entities from reimplementing the program without complying with any other law governing the federal regulatory process.
The White House and the Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
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