Second Federal Judge Blocks Move to End DACA

A federal judge in NY has ruled that the Trump administration can not end the Obama-era program created to protect from deportation young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in the Eastern District of NY ruled that DACA can not end in March as originally planned by the administration.

There are approximately 700,000 DACA beneficiaries, though the administration is not required to process new applications.

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Some 690,000 Dreamers registered under the DACA program, and 1.1 million others were eligible but did not sign up.

Both rulings ordered the government to keep processing DACA renewal requests. The court could announce as soon as Friday afternoon whether it will hearing the case.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in NY ruled Tuesday that the government hasn't offered legally adequate reasons for ending the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - or DACA. The program was originally put in place by the Obama Administration in 2012 to temporarily protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, allowing the "Dreamers" to stay in the country for renewable two-year periods. However, the administration did not provide "legally adequate reasons for doing so".

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Last month, Trump introduced a proposal that would put all 1.8 million young immigrants in question on a pathway to citizenship, in exchange for stiff cutbacks on overall immigration and funding for a massive wall on the USA border with Mexico. For one thing, the judge ruled that the Trump administration, "indisputably can end the DACA program". Alsup explained that the Department of Homeland Security's "decision to rescind DACA was based on a flawed legal premise". He said President Trump's termination of DACA was "arbitrary and capricious". Created by the Obama administration through executive action in 2012, DACA now protects almost 700,000 Dreamers from deportation.

The Justice Department said it maintains that the administration acted "within its lawful authority" in deciding to end DACA and will "vigorously defend this position".

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