Citing Trump’s “Racial Slurs,” Judge Says Lawsuit to Preserve DACA Can Continue
A federal district court judge in Brooklyn has rejected a Justice Department motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s termination of the DACA program. It’s a procedural victory, not a ruling on the substance of the dispute, but if you look at what the judge said, you’ll get a pretty good idea of how the judge is viewing the dispute:
“In October, lawyers for the Justice Department filed a motion to dismiss the Brooklyn lawsuit, claiming that the plaintiffs in the case — a coalition of immigration lawyers and a group of Democratic state attorneys general — had failed to make a persuasive case that DACA was rolled back in September because of a racial animus toward Latinos.
“But in his order rejecting the motion to dismiss, Judge Garaufis pointed directly at Mr. Trump, noting that his numerous “racial slurs” and “epithets” — both as a candidate and from the White House — had created a “plausible inference” that the decision to end DACA violated the equal protection clause of the Constitution.
“One might reasonably infer,” Judge Garaufis wrote, “that a candidate who makes overtly bigoted statements on the campaign trail might be more likely to engage in similarly bigoted action in office.”
…to which your blogger can only reply: ya think????