A federal court tried to stop President Obama’s plan to help illegal immigrants, but they were too late.
The Department of Justice has confirmed that 100,000 illegal immigrants will be receiving enhanced legal protection because they applied for the program just before the court issued an injunction against it, The Blaze reports.
Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas blocked President Obama’s proposed immigration plan to expand his 2012 Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which would allow millions of illegal immigrants to continue to work in the United States.
The new plan not only expands DACA, but also proposes a new Deferred Action on Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
Together, the legislation would make the program available for a wider range of people. It would also protect illegal immigrants from deportation for three years instead of the two years originally allowed for in Obama’s 2012 DACA program.
The injunction thwarted the program while the court hears a legal challenge brought by 26 states. The Obama administration plans to remove that court order.
Regardless, the Department of Justice pointed out that people had already started reapplying for the new DACA benefits before the court’s injunction. According to its court filing, about 100,000 people already received the three-year extension.
“These pre-injunction grants of three-year periods of deferred action to those already eligible for 2012 DACA were consistent with the terms of the November guidance,” the Department of Justice said in its court filing.
The Department went on to acknowledge the court’s injunction but said it does not believe it should have to take away the new benefits from those who applied before the injunction was issued. It also asked the court to be “fully aware of defendant's pre-injunction actions.”