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DACA receipts protest. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images.

The Biden administration on Friday appealed a court ruling that called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unlawful.

Why it matters: The appeal was expected. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in July had ordered the Biden administration to cease approving new DACA applications but specified that the decision would not affect current recipients for now.

  • There are more than 600,000 active DACA recipients, and the Texas judges' ruling blocked roughly 500,000 to 700,000 people from receiving DACA benefits.
  • The ruling has also added even more urgency to congressional efforts to protect and provide pathways for Dreamers.

DACA was created by then-President Obama in 2012 and provided protection for "Dreamers," people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, from deportation.

  • President Biden called the ruling "disappointing" and called on Congress to create "a permanent solution" and allow Dreamers to become citizens.
  • The pandemic has created a backlog of applicants with roughly 80,000 applicants who have applied but not received coverage, per Axios' Stef Knight.

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Federal judge blocks Biden administration's use of Title 42 policy

Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A federal judge on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a public health order that fast-tracked deportations of migrant families at the southern border.

Why it matters: President Biden has faced significant backlash for retaining the Trump-era policy, which was implemented as a COVID containment measure. The expulsions deny adult migrants and families the chance for asylum.

Special Envoy for Haiti resigns over deportation of migrants and asylum-seekers

Daniel Foote testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on May 26, 2016. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Special Envoy for Haiti on Wednesday resigned from his position, writing in his resignation letter obtained by PBS that he "will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees."

Why it matters: Ambassador Daniel Foote's resignation comes amid heightened anger over the treatment of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers living in a temporary encampment in Del Rio, Texas — especially after images surfaced of Border Patrol agents whipping at the migrants from horseback.

First-time homebuyers shrink as prices spike

Data: National Association of Realtors; Chart: Axios Visuals

Home sales cooled as prices continued to heat up in August.

Driving the news: The share of first-time existing homebuyers (29%) last month was the smallest in two years, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors.