Second US judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA programme

Second US judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA programme

Second US judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA programme

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.

President Donald Trump moved previous year to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, telling Congress to find a legislative fix for "Dreamers" who were plunged into legal limbo by his decision.

A federal judge in NY has ruled US President Donald Trump's administration didn't offer "legally adequate reasons" for ending the DACA programme.

"First, the decision to end the DACA program appears to rest exclusively on a legal conclusion that the program was unconstitutional and violated the [Administrative Procedure Act] and [Immigration and Nationality Act]", Garaufis wrote. "Based on its review of the record before it, the court concludes that defendants have not done so".

At the core of the plaintiffs' case, brought by 17 state attorneys general and immigrants impacted by the administration's rescinding of the Obama-era program, is that the decision to end DACA was arbitrary and therefore illegal. He noted that the plan was based in part on the "plainly incorrect factual premise" that the program was illegal.

"Today's ruling reflects... the illegality of the Trump administration's move to rescind DACA..."

Amid the legal setback, Senate efforts to find a solution stalled Tuesday as party leaders squabbled over how to start proceedings.

Lawmakers have until a Trump-mandated March 5 deadline to find a replacement.

The decision is similar to a January 9 ruling by U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco that DACA must remain in place while litigation challenging Trump's decision continues.

Mr. Trump had set a March 5 phaseout data for the DACA program.

In a statement, U.S. Justice Department spokesman Devin O'Malley said DACA was implemented unilaterally by Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama and thus unlawfully circumvented Congress. Created by the Obama administration through executive action in 2012, DACA now protects almost 700,000 Dreamers from deportation. "Promoting and enforcing the rule of law is vital to protecting a nation, its borders, and its citizens".

CNN reports that the Supreme Court is planning to meet behind closed doors this week to decide whether they will take up the Trump administration's appeal of the injunctions.

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