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Justice Department Appeals DACA Ruling

Plus: Democrats trying to legalize undocumented in reconciliation bill, and Afghan allies are testing Biden as evacuations resume

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On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a notice in an appeals court to begin the process of annulling a judge’s determination that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program violated federal administrative law. The judge’s July decision, in favor of nine states, blocked the government from granting future DACA applications. In agreement with the ruling, DHS continued to accept DACA applications but couldn’t grant new acceptances. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund also filed an appeal, alongside the DOJ, on behalf of 22 DACA recipients. ABC News 

In other federal immigration news…

Democrats Attempt to Legalize 8M Undocumented

The Democratic majority in Congress is attempting to push a plan to legalize about 8 million undocumented immigrants through a budget bill. The group met with the Senate parliamentarian on Friday to try to persuade her that the legalization program could be executed through the budget reconciliation process. The Senate parliamentarian decides if an element of legislation could be included in the budget bill. One Democratic Senate aide said, “We believe that passing this legislation through reconciliation is permissible because the bill’s budgetary effects are a substantial, direct and intended result, and that the non-budgetary effects do not so disproportionately outweigh the budgetary effects as to make them merely incidental.” CBS News

Afghan Allies Test Biden

Evacuation flights from Afghanistan have resumed, and thousands of Afghans who assisted the U.S. still remain in the country and at risk. The U.S. and Taliban are insisting evacuees have travel documents that are difficult to obtain, testing President Joe Biden’s promise to not leave any U.S. allies behind. An evacuation flight out of Kabul on Thursday concentrated on U.S. passport and green card holders, as well as other foreigners. But for the U.S. lawmakers, veteran groups and other American who’ve been attempting to get former U.S. military interpreters and other at-risk Afghans on flights out, the restart of evacuation flights just brought more fear that the U.S. may abandon more Afghan allies. The Associated Press

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