A federal judge in California has ordered the Trump administration to keep in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which protects undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children from deportation and allows them to work legally, while a lawsuit proceeds.
The order, signed by U.S. District Court judge William Alsup, marks a major triumph for immigrant rights groups who have rallied around the program that benefits nearly 700,000 people.
The preliminary injunction on Trump’s termination of DACA requires the Department of Homeland Security maintains the DACA program nationwide on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the 2017 decision including allowing those who were benefiting from DACA to apply to renew their status.
Mark Rosenbaum, an attorney for Public Counsel, which represents six DACA recipients in the case, applauded the ruling saying...
“These young people played by all the rules. They demonstrated they are no threat. They are in the military; they are studying in school; they are creating jobs. Now the courts have told the government they have to play by the rules,”
In a not entirely unexpected move Trump called the judge’s ruling “outrageous,” and Trump, in a tweet and blasted the “court system” as “broken and unfair”...
After Trump's tweet White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was sent out to reiterate the administrations outrage...
"We find this decision to be outrageous, especially in light of the president’s successful bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members at the White House on the same day. An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process. President Trump is committed to the rule of law,”
Before the order the program was scheduled to begin phasing out on March 5.
Alsup is presiding over five lawsuits challenging the legality of Trump’s termination of DACA that argue that the White House openly disregarded the process for terminating the program in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act and that it's termination was based on a flawed legal premise.
DACA was created in 2012 when President Obama used executive action to create a program allowing undocumented immigrants who arrived as children or young teenagers to apply to work legally in the country and avoid deportation for a renewable two-year period.
The Trump administration announced in September that it would cancel the program citing the program’s constitutionality.
The DACA reinstatement has thrown lawmakers from both parties for a loop they are locked in a battle to reach a deal on the fate of the program and the Dreamers who's fate depends on it's survival.