Federal Judge Rules Against Ending DACA Program

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Advocates for undocumented youth protest the end DACA announced by the Trump administration on Sep. 5, 2017.

On Monday, April 24, a Washington D.C. federal judge ruled against President Trump’s decision to end DACA.

DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals which protects young undocumented immigrants. The program was introduced by President Barack Obama in 2012.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates ruled for the government to continue the program and reopen it for new applicants.

Bates concluded by evaluating the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to remove DACA.

“The Department’s decision to rescind DACA was predicated primarily on its legal judgment that the program was unlawful,” Bates wrote. “That legal judgment was virtually unexplained.”

Bates also wrote that the Court will remove the Department’s September 5, 2017 decision to repeal DACA.

On Easter Sunday, President Trump tweeted “DACA is Dead” which caused much concern for students and their families.

Bates gave the Department of Homeland Security 90 days to provide reasons for canceling the program and their view of why DACA is unlawful.