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. (Read more DACA stories.)