Media Tip Sheet: Federal Judge in Texas Declares DACA Illegal Again

September 14, 2023

“A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday rejected the Biden administration’s latest effort to save a program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of undocumented young adults from deportation, saying that it remained unlawful even after recent changes. The judge, Andrew S. Hanen of the Federal District Court in Houston, maintained that President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, by executive action in 2012.” (via The New York Times)

GW's Elizabeth Vaquera

If you would like more context on this matter, please consider Elizabeth Vaquera, who joined the George Washington University in 2016 as the inaugural Director of the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute and an associate professor of sociology and public policy and public administration. Vaquera's research focuses on vulnerable and diverse groups, particularly Latinos/as and immigrants. Her work has analyzed the character and importance of immigrant status, race, and ethnic identity in outcomes such as education, health, and emotional and social well-being. In her role as Director of the Cisneros Institute, Vaquera translates this work by designing and leading programs for high-achieving Hispanic students at the pre-college and university level. In addition to an extensive body of work published in leading peer-reviewed journals, Vaquera is the co-author of several books, the most recent of which, Education and Immigration, examines the educational experiences of immigrants and their children living in the U.S.

If you would like to speak with Prof. Vaquera, please contact GW Senior Media Relations Specialist Cate Douglass at [email protected]