A U.S. federal judge ruled that the administration of President Donald Trump must continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The Trump White House chose to gradually phase out the constitutionally questionable program, effectively rescinding an executive order issued by former President Obama.
In his order, Bates wrote that the administration's move "was virtually unexplained", so its determination that the program was unlawful couldn't be justified.
Judge Bates was appointed by President George W. Bush to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. So, they added in a six-month enforcement delay, affording Congress time to pass a DACA fix.
22News spoke with immigration attorney Andrea Reid who told us about the legality of the DACA program.
"DREAMers grew up in this country, attended our schools, pay taxes and contribute to our communities".
"We are delighted that the court agreed with us that the government's termination of the DACA program 'was unlawful and must be set aside, '" Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said Tuesday evening.More news: Ex-President George HW Bush Hospitalized One Day After Wife's Funeral
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In a statement released on Tuesday night, the justice department said that it would "continue to vigorously defend" the legality of its decision to end the Daca programme and that it looked "forward to vindicating its position in further litigation".
In order to qualify for Daca, applicants under the age of 30 were required to submit personal information to the Department of Homeland Security, including addresses and phone numbers. "Promoting and enforcing the rule of law is vital to protecting a nation, its borders, and its citizens".
A third USA federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to restore a programme letting young undocumented immigrants stay in the country. It allows people who arrived in the US before age 16, later attended school or served in the military, and had no serious criminal records to apply for renewable two-year reprieves from deportation, and for work permits.
The "one court" Bates referred to: Hanen's 2015 opinion imposing a preliminary injunction against the DAPA program, or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. Around 7,00,000 people have been enrolled in the programme since its inception.
Bates noted that President Trump had ordered the reversal of Obama's DACA executive order on the grounds that DACA was "unlawful", but Bates claims that's not a good enough justification.
The University has signaled its support for the program before, saying the repeal would harm students and alumni and that NU will continue to fight against the Trump administration's efforts.