Judge Blocks Trump's Decision to End DACA

Feds say program is still illegal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 10, 2018 12:44 AM CST
Judge Blocks Trump's Decision to End DACA
Demonstrators urging the Democratic Party to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) are challenged by opponents as they enter the office of California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in Los Angeles Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

A federal judge on Tuesday night temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. US District Judge William Alsup granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent President Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while their lawsuits play out in court, the AP reports. Alsup said lawyers in favor of DACA clearly demonstrated that the young immigrants "were likely to suffer serious, irreparable harm" without court action. The judge also said the lawyers have a strong chance of succeeding at trial. DACA has protected about 800,000 people who were brought to the US illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas.

Earlier Tuesday, President Trump and congressional leaders from both parties met at the White House to discuss DACA and other immigration issues as they sought a deal to avoid a government shutdown. Trump suggested that an immigration agreement could be reached by addressing young immigrants and border security with what he called a "bill of love." Department of Justice spokesman Devin O'Malley said in a statement late Tuesday that the judge's ruling doesn't change the fact that DACA was an unlawful circumvention of Congress by the Obama administration. He said the federal government is acting within its authority to enforce the rule of law and wind down the program. (More DACA stories.)

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