JUST IN: Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Plan To End DACA & The Donald Is Furious


The Trump Administration announced back in September that it was their goal to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. DACA has protected almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said:

‘I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded.’

Wait a minute, though. Apparently, it isn’t as easy as they somehow thought. On Tuesday, a federal judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked the Trump Administration from ending DACA. Judge William Alsup said that the program, which was created under the Obama Administration, must remain in effect while litigation is happening. However, new applications cannot be submitted.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said: 

‘Dreamers’ lives were thrown into chaos when the Trump Administration tried to terminate the DACA program without obeying the law. Today’s ruling is a huge step in the right direction.’

He went on to say:

‘America is and has been home to Dreamers who courageously came forward, applied for DACA and did everything the federal government asked of them. They followed DACA’s rules, they succeeded in school, at work and in business, and they have contributed in building a better America. We will fight at every turn for their rights and opportunities so they may continue to contribute to America.’

On Tuesday, DACA was also discussed during a bipartisan immigration meeting where Mr. Trump indicated that he still wants a wall. He said:

‘This should be a bill of love. Truly, it should be a bill of love and we can do that. But it also has to be a bill where we are able to secure our border.’
One source said this about the meeting:
‘It was like being in a 9th grade civics class.’

According to the court ruling document:

‘On June 15, 2012, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano issued a memorandum establishing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Under DACA, immigrants brought to the United States as children could apply for deferred action for a two-year period, subject to renewal.

‘To qualify for DACA, an individual must: (1)  have come to the United States before the age of sixteen and been under the age of thirty-one on June 15, 2012; (2) have been present in the United States on June 15, 2012; (3) have been continuously residing in the United States for at least the prior five years; (4) have been enrolled in school, graduated from high school, obtained a GED, or been honorably discharged from the United States military or Coast Guard; and (5) not pose a threat to national security or public safety (AR 1).’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement:

‘An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process. President Trump is committed to the rule of law, and will work with members of both parties to reach a permanent solution that corrects the unconstitutional actions taken by the last administration.’

Trump got on Twitter to whine about the decision, saying:

‘It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts.’

Janet Napolitano, who was the Secretary of Homeland Security in 2012 and established DACA, and is now president of the UC school system, said:

‘Unfortunately, even with this decision, fear and uncertainty persist for DACA recipients.’

Karen Tumlin, legal director of the National Immigration Law Center, which advocates for rights of immigrants, said:

‘It is important to remember, however, this is temporary relief by a single federal district court judge, it should not take the pressure off of Congress to do the right thing and enact a permanent solution for these young people.’

She tweeted this:

Thoughts from Twitter:

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