Brooklyn judge blocks Trump admin from ending DACA

Brooklyn judge blocks Trump admin from ending DACA

President Donald Trump's move to end a program protecting hundreds of thousands of children of undocumented immigrants from deportation was blocked by a federal judge in NY.

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.

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

On Jan. 13, four days after a federal judge in San Francisco issued an injunction blocking the Trump's attempt to end the program, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting renewal applications from people approved for the Obama-era program. The court could announce as soon as Friday afternoon whether it will hearing the case.

"The question before the court is thus not whether defendants could end the DACA program, but whether they offered legally adequate reasons for doing so", wrote Judge Garaufis, a Clinton appointee to the court in NY.

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Trump and his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, had sought to justify DACA's end by saying the program was illegal and they risked legal challenges by keeping it running. The judge ordered the administration to process DACA renewal applications on the same terms as had been in place before the president took his action.

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. Created by the Obama administration through executive action in 2012, DACA now protects almost 700,000 Dreamers from deportation.

"The question before the court is thus not whether defendants could end the DACA program but whether they offered legally adequate reasons for doing so", Garaufis wrote.

In revoking DACA previous year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said they were facing the threat of a lawsuit and doubted they could legally defend the program.

Trump's attorney general has said then-President Barack Obama's decision to implement DACA was an unconstitutional exercise of authority.

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