Judge Blocks Trump's Plan to End DACA
SAN FRANCISCO--A federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday barred the Trump administration from turning back the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which shielded more than 700,000 people from deportation, Reuters reported.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled that the program must stay intact while litigation is played out.
Alsup, however, also ordered that dreamers who have never received DACA protections will not be allowed to apply.
Trump said he was willing to be flexible on DACA in finding an agreement as Democrats warned that the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants hung in the balance.
As I made very clear today, our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2018
In response to the ruling, the Department of Justice questioned the legality of DACA, calling it "an unlawful circumvention of Congress." DOJ spokesman Devin O'Malley said that DHS "acted within its lawful authority in deciding to wind down DACA in an orderly manner" and implied that the legal battles aren't over yet.
Trump is using border security—including a border wall-- as a bargaining chip and Democrats want to use their sway on the spending bill to protect immigrants under DACA.
The Trump administration announced the move to draw down the program last September with a planned end for early March. DACA protected young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children from deportation.