Second federal judge halts DACA termination

Second federal judge halts DACA termination

The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by AG Healey and a coalition of 16 other attorneys general in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of NY in September 2017 to defend the DACA program. I suppose the only real shock here is that the ruling didn't come out of San Francisco, but NY.

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

WASHINGTON, A federal judge in NY dealt the Trump administration the second legal defeat in its effort to end Obama-era immigration protections for hundreds of thousands of people brought illegally to the U.S. as children.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, or DACA, can not end in March as the Republican administration had planned, a victory for Democratic state attorneys general and immigrants who sued the federal government.

"[The Trump administration] indisputably can end the DACA program", Garaufis wrote.

Both immigrant-rights groups and homeland security officials said the new ruling has the same effect as the California judge's decision.

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Under the judge's order, the government is required to continue processing DACA renewal requests for people who already are enrolled in the program and those whose enrollment lapsed before September 5, 2017.

Congress is trying to pass legislation before the DACA program ends March 5, when about 1,000 participants a day will begin losing deportation protections and work permits, making them vulnerable to deportation.

On Friday, the Supreme Court will consider whether to take on the issue.

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.

In revoking DACA past 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. Current DACA grantees can now request renewal while litigation to defend the program continues.

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

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