Judge Tells Trump that DACA Protections Must Continue For Now
Late-breaking news, as they say on TV, reported by Politico.com on the evening of January 9, 2018:
“A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump’s effort to shut-down the Obama-era program that provides quasi-legal status and work permits to foreigners who entered the U.S. illegally as children.
“In a ruling Tuesday evening, San Francisco-based U.S. District Court judge William Alsup ordered the administration to resume accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA.
“Alsup said Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ conclusion that the program was illegal appeared to be “based on a flawed legal premise.”
“Unless halted by a higher court, the ruling will allow former DACA recipients who failed to renew by an October 5 deadline a chance to submit renewal applications and will also require the administration to allow renewal of applications expiring in the future. The decision does not permit new applications for DACA status.”
The order, unless reversed by a higher court, will allow DACA to continue while lawsuits challenging its termination are heard. Your blogger feels obligated to point out that Judge Alsup’s prior decision suspending the order terminating DACA was reversed by the Supreme Court on a 5-4 vote. It’s highly likely that the Trump Administration will appeal this decision as well. But for now, this is BIG NEWS.