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Federal Judge Lets DACA Program Live Citing Harm If Program Is Canceled

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A federal judge in Texas preserved the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program immediately claiming it would cause too much harm. However, District Judge Andrew Hanen also said that the six-year-old program is likely unlawful because it oversteps the authority of the executive branch. Hanen’s ruling gives the almost 700,000 DACA recipients additional time to request renewals, which would keep them in the United States legally for an additional two years. The DACA program protects recipients from deportation and grants them work permits in two-year stints.

A federal judge in Texas has ruled that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will stand in place for now.

The ruling comes as a surprise since District Judge Andrew Hanen had ruled against DACA-related programs in the past. In 2015, Hanen ruled a companion program that would have granted temporary legal status to DACA parents, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), was illegal. This time around Hanen questioned the legality of DACA but argued that more harm would be done to DACA recipients if they lost the program.

This may only be a temporary reprieve for DACA recipients.

Judge Hanen said that the plaintiffs are likely to succeed in their case that DACA is unlawful because it oversteps the authority of the executive branch. He said that DACA is a program that “Congress should consider saving” if it ever wants to permanently stay.

“Here, the egg has been scrambled. To try to put it back in the shell with only a preliminary injunction record, and perhaps at great risk to many, does not make sense nor serve the best interests of this country,” Hanen wrote in his ruling.

Many immigrants’ rights advocates are celebrating the order as it will help many DACA recipients.

“Today DACA beneficiaries like myself and my little sister breathe a sigh of relief,” said Greisa Martinez, the deputy executive director of United We Dream told NPR NEWS. “But we aren’t out of the woods yet.”

The road still isn’t easy for DACA recipients who’ve faced constant lawsuits and federal orders against the program within the last year. The Trump administration has lead these efforts by seeking to end DACA, but have been blocked by federal courts in California, New York and Washington, D.C. Only existing DACA recipients can renew their status while those cases remain unresolved, but new applicants can’t join the program as of now.

The ruling coincidentally landed near the one year anniversary of President Trump’s order to end to the Obama-era program.

There are almost 700,000 DACA recipients in the United States since the Obama-era program began back in 2012. On September 5, 2017, President Trump ordered an end to the program urging Congress to pass a replacement and gave the program a six month deadline before he would begin phasing out protections. Federal judges blocked the administration from ending DACA before the six-month deadline. Instead, the courts ordered the administration to continue renewing any existing two-year permits.

“The past year has taken a wild ride on the DACA story,” Josh Blackman, a law professor at the South Texas College of Law Houston told CNN. “Everyone agrees that Congress should do this, there is no reason we should still be fighting about this in the courts.”


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Artists Constructed A Massive Cage At Burning Man To Protest ICE And Some Folks Got Upset On Social Media

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Artists Constructed A Massive Cage At Burning Man To Protest ICE And Some Folks Got Upset On Social Media

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If you’re into nudity, huge art installations, “Mad Max,” EDM and camping, Burning Man is the festival for you. The annual event brings thousands to the dry lands of Nevada for a week of intense and very open partying. The festival is known for it’s intricate and beautiful wooden structures that get burned down in spectacular fashion. The festival just concluded and while it was beautiful as always, things also got political in the shape of a giant cage structure.

Artists created a giant cage on wheels at Burning Man to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and a recent contract with a tech company.

CREDIT: Vimeo: Mijente

The installation was spearheaded by Mijente — a social justice Latinx organization. Mijente created the installation to protest ICE and Palo Alto-based tech company Palantir’s contract. The tech company, using Amazon networks, provides federal immigration authorities with a vast database of information. The program, called Investigative Case Management (ICM), helps immigration officials to find and form cases against immigration targets.

Mijente is asking people to sign a petition asking Amazon to drop Palantir from their servers.

CREDIT: Vimeo: Mijente

According to Mijente, Amazon is paid millions of dollars to provide services to Palantir, which helps ICE track down immigrants across the country. Palantir signed a $51 million contract with ICE to provide the information tracking immigrants in the U.S.

“We’re demanding that Amazon stop enabling Palantir and ICE,” Mijente said on its website. “Amazon depends on our business more than they depend on Palantir, and if enough of us demand change, they’ll be forced to act.”

The cage weighed roughly 800 pounds and was 14 x 10 feet. Here’s a time-lapse video of its construction.

Organizers are hoping the art installation will bring awareness to the real enablers behind ICE and their tactics.

“Along with much of the world we watched in horror recently as U.S. authorities tore children away from their parents,” a spokesperson for the group said to The Hill. “In the face of this immoral U.S. policy, and the U.S.’s increasingly inhumane treatment of refugees and immigrants beyond this specific policy, we are deeply concerned that Amazon is implicated, providing infrastructure and services that enable ICE and DHS.”

Reactions to the structure have been mixed with many making fun of the protest at the festival. However, right wing Twitter users are letting their opinions be heard.

“It’s not dangerous,” Mijente tweeted in response to FOX News. “It’s exercising our 1st Amendment rights to engage in a peaceful action educating people about the “mission critical” ICM software @palantirtech sells to ICE. It’s dangerous, actually, to use Orwellian tech to round up families and put them in cages.”

Some Twitter users tried vilifying the people who participated in the protest.

The organizers of Mijente have been clear that they did not participate in the festival. They claim they built the structure and spoke to people about what ICE and Palantir are doing using Amazon’s servers to educate attendees.

Mijente said on Twitter that the whole point of Burning Man is to express yourself, so that’s what they did.

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“Burning Man’s leading principle is ‘radical self expression,'” Mijente tweeted. “It’s an expensive sanctuary for tech executives like Peter Thiel, Alex Karp, and Jeff Bezos. No such sanctuary exists for immigrants in this country today.”

For more information on how to get involved click here: http://bit.ly/droppalantir.


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