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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.

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.

The ruling raised the stakes for Democrats, who are looking to include immigration reform in a massive budget reconciliation package.

“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.

A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful. The decision, by US District Judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas, injected uncertainty into the lives of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, as well as their families.

A federal judge in Texas dealt a searing blow to the hundreds of thousands of immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Friday, casting their lives once again into legal limbo while underscoring the devastating human cost of Congress’ inability to act.

When federal Judge Andrew Hanen ruled Friday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unconstitutional, he threw into doubt the future of the Obama-era initiative that protects from deportation undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

President Biden vowed Saturday to appeal a court decision that effectively suspended an Obama-era program that shields younger immigrants from deportation.

A federal judge in Texas has put the brakes on the initiative launched under former President Barack Obama’s administration that has protected hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children from potential deportation.