The Biden administration appealed on Friday a Texas court ruling that found the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unlawful — injecting fresh uncertainty into the lives of thousands of immigrants.

Our families’ difficult decisions to leave our home countries set into motion the trajectory of our new lives in the United States.

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A court decision that has imperiled a program for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children has put new urgency behind an effort in Congress to deal with immigration through the budget.

When the text message popped up on his phone, Samuel Alfaro didn’t want to believe it. It said his appointment with U.S. immigration services about his application to join the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the one he had been waiting on for months, was canceled because of a court order halting the Obama-era deportation protections for those brought to the U.S. as children.

Growing up undocumented, she felt like she had to keep it a secret.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is illegal and ordered the Department of Homeland Security to stop processing new applications.

The ruling made by Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for southern Texas temporarily blocks the federal government from approving new applications to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

What the program deferred is deportation—but not indefinitely. The whole thing is half con job, half ticking time bomb.

President Biden said the U.S. will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the DACA program protecting hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers” who came to the country as children was implemented unconstitutionally, and he renewed his call for Congress to agree on a permanent solution.

“I have repeatedly called on Congress to pass the American Dream and Promise Act, and I now renew that call with the greatest urgency,” Biden said.