“Second federal judge blocks move to end DACA”


“A second federal judge Tuesday [February 13] has temporarily blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled that DACA participants and states are likely to succeed in their challenge that the way President Donald Trump terminated the Obama-era program was arbitrary and capricious.

“Trump last year announced his plan to end DACA…effective March 5. That deadline has become central in the congressional debate over immigration, but Democrats and Republicans are nowhere near a breakthrough.

“Tuesday's ruling, combined with a ruling from a California judge last month, means the program could end up going beyond the March 5 date. The ruling means DACA recipients can renew their status, but the administration will not have to hold the program open to those who never applied.

“…This week the Supreme Court is set to meet behind closed doors to discuss whether to take up the Trump administration's appeal of the related case.

“The Justice Department said it maintains that the administration acted ‘within its lawful authority’ in deciding to end DACA and will ‘vigorously defend this position.’”

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