The federal court granted relief to migrants from many countries, including India, overturning the current Donald administration’s decision to complete its tenure in the US. The court has ordered a complete reinstatement of the scheme to protect immigrants from deportation in the country, who are in the country, without valid documents. A large number of Indian expatriates will benefit from this decision of the court on the plan brought under President Barack Obama.
Accept new applications from monday
In 2017, the Trump administration tried to end the plan to postpone action against those who came in childhood (DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), but the US Supreme Court interrupted the effort in June this year. .
US New York Eastern District Judge Nicholas Garaufis on Friday directed the Department of Internal Security to extend the moratorium on DACA beneficiaries by two years and accept new applications from Monday. This will enable those who were not eligible for it to apply afresh for the first time after September 2017.
What’s the plan?
The scheme provides protection from deportation to illegal immigrants who had entered the United States as children. Judge Garoufis wrote in his order, “The court believes that this additional relief is reasonable.”
It is noteworthy that about 6,40,000 people are registered under the DACA program. According to the report released in 2019 by South Asian American Leading Together (SALT), at least 6,30,000 Indians are living in the US without documents. This number is 72 percent higher than the year 2010. According to the report, there are currently 4,300 active beneficiaries of South Asian DACA while 2,550 Indians were active beneficiaries of DACA in August 2018.
Only 13% applied
According to SALT, about 20 thousand Indians in the US qualify for DACA, but only 13 percent of them have applied and benefited under DACA. According to the report, 1,300 Pakistanis, 470 Bangladeshi, 120 Sri Lankans and 60 Nepalese people are getting benefits under this scheme. The Trump administration can file an appeal in federal court against this decision or petition the Supreme Court and request temporary relief.
Respect for american values
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said the court upheld the Obama term plan that is respectful of American values and the will of the American people. He said, ‘Dreamers are needed and they are entitled to real, lasting decisions so that they can continue to contribute to our country. Our Democratic majority House of Representatives in the 117th Congress will again pass a bipartisan bill to protect the dreamers to which the Biden-Harris administration will sign. ‘