Jan 10th, 2018
Author – Kishakerone
This seems to be a major, albeit temporary for now, victory for all those facing deportation over the careless and politically craven actions by the Trump administration last year. What makes the actions by the Trump administration so terrible is that this move was clearly designed to use close to 800,000 childhood arrivals, many of which are still children, who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own as hostages as a way of trying to force Democrats to grant Donald Trump his border wall. Even yesterday’s carefully staged 50+ minute show at the White House couldn’t hide the insincere attempts by Donald Trump and the Republican Party to pretend that they actually cared about the 800,000 innocent people, again of which are children, at risk if this problem isn’t rectified quickly.
Huffpost reports as follows
A federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration on Tuesday to keep in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children from deportation and allows them to work legally, while a lawsuit proceeds.
The order, signed by U.S. District Judge Williams Alsup, marks a major triumph for immigrant rights groups who have rallied around the program that benefits nearly 700,000 people.
The preliminary injunction on Trump’s cancellation of DACA requires the Department of Homeland Security “to maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the rescission on September 5, 2017” ― including allowing those who already benefit from DACA to apply to renew their status.
The order does not, however, allow people who have never held DACA protections to apply as new applicants.
“Dreamers’ lives were thrown into chaos when the Trump administration tried to terminate the DACA program without obeying the law,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) said in a statement. “Today’s ruling is a huge step in the right direction.
The Trump administration “looks forward to vindicating its position in further litigation,” Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement.
“Tonight’s order doesn’t change the Department of Justice’s position on the facts,” the statement said. “DACA was implemented unilaterally after Congress declined to extend these benefits to this same group of illegal aliens.”
Before the order, the program was scheduled to begin phasing out on March 5.
Alsup is presiding over five lawsuits challenging the legality of Trump’s termination of DACA that were consolidated into one in the Northern District of California. The state of California, the Regents of the University of California, the city of San José and several DACA recipients are among those suing in an attempt to preserve the program.
The lawsuits argue that the White House flouted the process for terminating the program in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act and that the cancellation was based on flawed legal logic.
The Obama administration used executive action to create the DACA program in 2012, allowing undocumented immigrants who arrived as children or young teenagers to apply to work legally in the country and avoid deportation for a renewable two-year period.
The Trump administration announced in September, however, that it would cancel the program, citing a threat from a coalition of 10 states, led by Texas, to challenge the program’s constitutionality.