July 17 (Reuters) – Some U.S. tech companies have expressed disappointment over a ruling by a federal judge that blocked new applications for a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the United States as children against expulsion.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen on Friday sided with a group of states to end the Deferred Action Program for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), arguing it was created illegally by former President Barack Obama in 2012. read more
“We have long pleaded in favor of this program, by filing an amicus brief in this case, and we are very disappointed by the decision (of the judge),” said Jose Castaneda, spokesperson for Google (GOOGL.O ).
âDreamers and immigrants make the United States – and Twitter – better,â a spokesperson for the social media platform Twitter (TWTR.N) said in an emailed statement.
Twitter, Google, Microsoft (MSFT.O) and Photoshop maker Adobe (ADBE.O) urged US Congress to come together to protect dreamers, with Google saying they want DACA “cemented” into law .
Microsoft President Brad Smith said the “disappointing” decision “once again created uncertainty for Dreamers.”
The judge ruled on Friday that the program violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it was created, but said that since there were so many people currently enrolled in the program – nearly 650,000 – his ruling would be temporarily suspended for their business and renewal. applications.
Biden, who was vice president when Obama created the program, said he wanted to create a permanent path to citizenship for DACA recipients, known as “Dreamers.”
On Saturday, Biden vowed to preserve the program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation, vowing to appeal the judge’s ruling invalidating it and urging Congress to pave the way for citizenship. Read more
Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru, editing by Nick Zieminski
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