A second federal judge has issued an injunction barring the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and ordered the Trump administration to continue processing Dreamers past Trump’s self-imposed deadline of March 5.
U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis wrote in a court order Tuesday that the Trump administration could not rescind the Obama-era program “pending a decision on the merits of these cases.” The DACA program temporarily shields immigrants brought to the country as children illegally — known as “Dreamers” — from deportation.
“Defendants thus must continue processing both initial DACA applications and DACA renewal requests under the same terms and conditions that applied before September 5, 2017, subject to the limitations described below,” he wrote.
The ruling is nearly identical to one issued last month by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who also ordered the administration to continue processing DACA applications. The Trump administration formally asked the Supreme Court to review the lower court’s decision last month.
President Trump announced in September that he would rescind the program and gave lawmakers until March 5 to pass legislation to protect Dreamers.