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DOJ Wants Judge to Reverse DACA Records Demand

Activists are suing the Trump administration over his decision to end the program
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 24, 2017 12:01 AM CDT
Justice Department Asks Court to Overturn DACA Ruling
FILE- In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The Department of Justice on Monday is arguing in a New York court that it shouldn’t have to turn over records related to...   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – The Department of Justice told a court on Monday that it shouldn't have to turn over records related to President Donald Trump's decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation, the AP reports. Lawyers for Trump's administration asked the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court's order they say would potentially require government agencies to review more than one million documents. Already, lawyers for the Department of Justice said, the "extraordinarily burdensome and intrusive" request for documents has strained resources at some agencies, forcing Immigration and Customs Enforcement to pull agency lawyers and personnel from immigration court appearances and other routine duties.

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Activists are suing Trump's administration in New York and California over the planned shutdown of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. They want a chance to review documents showing how the Republican president and top administration officials decided to end the program. The program has protected about 800,000 people who were brought to the US illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas. It includes hundreds of thousands of college-age students. The appeals court has scheduled arguments for Tuesday before a three-judge panel.

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