Texas Judge Partially Ends DACA Program; UFW Foundation Calls on Congress to Establish A Pathway to Citizenship This Year

Congress has the tools to pass a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS recipients, farm workers, and other essential workers


Texas Judge Andrew Hanen ruled today that initial applications to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will no longer be granted. The decision still allows current DACA beneficiaries to renew their work permits for the time being.


UFW Foundation Executive Director Diana Tellefson Torres said: 


“Judge Hanen's DACA ruling further elevates the urgency for a permanent pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS recipients, farm workers and other essential workers.  Families can no longer live in uncertainty. Our communities deserve permanent protection, something that Congress can deliver this year.


We know Congress has the tools to establish a pathway to citizenship. It’s imperative that they act.”




For 15 years, the UFW Foundation has mobilized farm workers across the country to advocate for more equitable policies such as immigration reform, pesticide protections, heat standards, hazard pay, and other worker protections. We engage constituents in systemic change to break the cycle of poverty while also providing critical services.