A federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Trump from ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects thousands of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from being deported.
Judge William Alsup said the Department of Homeland Security’s “decision to rescind DACA was based on a flawed legal premise,” therefore giving DACA recipients who failed to renew their status by last year’s deadline a chance to do so.
He also cited one of Trump’s own tweets in his decision, saying that the president himself demonstrated that leaving DACA in place would serve the public interest.
“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!” Trump tweeted in September.
Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
“We seem to be in the unusual position wherein the ultimate authority over the agency, the Chief Executive, publicly favors the very program the agency has ended,” the ruling read.
However, the judge’s decision does not allow new applications to be submitted.
“Dreamers’ lives were thrown into chaos when the Trump Administration tried to terminate the DACA program without obeying the law,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “Today’s ruling is a huge step in the right direction.”
“America is and has been home to Dreamers who courageously came forward, applied for DACA and did everything the federal government asked of them,” Becerra added. “They followed DACA’s rules, they succeeded in school, at work and in business, and they have contributed in building a better America. We will fight at every turn for their rights and opportunities so they may continue to contribute to America.”
The Hill added:
President Trump announced in September that he would rescind the program, which allows certain immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children to stay and work without fear of deportation.
DACA was among the issues discussed at a bipartisan immigration meeting on Tuesday.
Trump said he was willing to “take the heat” to pass a bipartisan deal on immigration, while adding that he wants a “bill of love” to address DACA.