President Trump’s earlier order to end Obama’s DACA program just got another roadblock thrown in its path Tuesday, after a second just ruled the program cannot end on March 5, as previously ordered by Trump.
In January, San Francisco Judge William Alsup, a federal judge in California, ruled to temporarily block the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying that the Department of Homeland Security’s “decision to rescind DACA was based on a flawed legal premise.”
Tuesday, another judge in New York backed that up.
A second U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program that protects immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation.
U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, cannot end in March as planned, a victory for state attorneys general and immigrants who sued the Republican administration. The decision is similar to an earlier ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco that DACA must remain in place while litigation over Trump’s decision unfolds.
The Washington Times elaborated further on the judge’s ruling:
A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that the government must fully restart the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty and accept brand new applicants as well as renewals, throwing a potential wrench in the ongoing debate over the fate of “Dreamers” on Capitol Hill.
Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis said the administration does have the power to revoke DACA, but it must give a sound reason for doing so — and the Homeland Security Department’s September 2017 rationale fell far short of what is required in that regard.
“The question before the court is thus not whether defendants could end the DACA program, but whether they offered legally adequate reasons for doing so,” wrote Judge Garaufis, a Clinton appointee to the court. “Based on its review of the record before it, the court concludes that defendants have not done so.”
Tuesday morning, President Trump had tweeted that negotiations have begun on DACA among lawmakers, and warned again the deadline will be March 5.
Negotiations on DACA have begun. Republicans want to make a deal and Democrats say they want to make a deal. Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle. This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity! March 5th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2018