Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Judge rules against Donald Trump in case over immigration programme

Judge rules against Donald Trump in case over immigration programme

With a March 5 deadline to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program quickly approaching, Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled it can not end nationwide based on current arbitrary arguments proposed for its cease.

Last month, a federal judge in California issued a similar ruling that DACA must remain in place while legal challenges to the Trump Administration's decision to terminate DACA are pending. In a statement in January, the Justice Department said, "DACA was implemented unilaterally after Congress declined to extend these benefits to this same group of illegal aliens". But the judge said the reasoning behind its decision was flawed. The government has even asked for the Supreme Court to take the case, skipping over the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The justices are scheduled to consider the request Friday. The DREAM Act - Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors - was legislation that offered numerous same protections as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals administrative program but never passed Congress. Trump gave lawmakers a March 5 deadline to pass legislation that would end the program, but he was met with resistance from Democrats and judges alike. Created by the Obama administration through executive action in 2012, DACA now protects almost 700,000 Dreamers from deportation. "Because that conclusion was erroneous, the decision to end the DACA program can not stand".

"Federal courts from coast to coast have now reviewed the record and reached the same conclusion: President Trump's decision to rescind DACA was illegal". He said that the courts will vindicate the administration's position that it acted properly in ending the program.

The U.S. Senate has begun talking about an immigration plan that would pave a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million young "DREAMer" immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

The agency had already begun to accept renewal applications under the first court order.

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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