Second US judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA programme

Laura Christensen
February 14, 2018

The order from federal District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in NY comes as Congress debates legislation that would allow up to 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children, known as "Dreamers", to gain legal status rather than face possible deportation.

President Donald Trump's move to end a program protecting hundreds of thousands of children of undocumented immigrants from deportation was blocked by a federal judge in NY. The judge ordered the administration to process DACA renewal applications on the same terms as had been in place before the president took his action.

A federal judge in NY has ruled US President Donald Trump's administration didn't offer "legally adequate reasons" for ending the DACA programme.

"Defendants indisputably can end the DACA program", Garaufis wrote, referring to the Trump administration. He declined to extend the programme for new applicants. "The court concludes that defendants have not done so".

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In revoking DACA past year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said they were facing the threat of a lawsuit and doubted they could legally defend the program.

The earlier ruling by Judge William Alsup in California is already being appealed by the Justice Department.

In a statement, U.S. Justice Department spokesman Devin O'Malley said DACA was implemented unilaterally by Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama and thus unlawfully circumvented Congress. If you are willing to accept the idea that the President can summon such a program into existence with the stroke of a pen rather than through the passage of new legislation by Congress, then you're on thin ice saying that a subsequent president can't modify or terminate the program in the same way. Created by the Obama administration through executive action in 2012, DACA now protects almost 700,000 Dreamers from deportation.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) has been running sign-up drives several times a week since Judge Alsup's first ruling, and said people have lined up for help to renew their permits.

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