A US judge blocked President Donald Trump from ending an Obama-era program that protected from deportation of migrants who entered America illegally as children.
The ruling came hours after Trump presided over a high-profile White House meeting with lawmakers from both parties on the fate of so-called Dreamers.
Judge William Alsup in San Francisco issued his 49-page ruling ordering the Trump administration to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known popularly as DACA.
Alsup said the Department of Justice’s view that the program was illegal was based on a “flawed legal premise.”
Unless his order is overturned by a higher court, DACA recipients will now be eligible to submit renewal applications and the government will be required to “post reasonable public notice” that the program is once again active.
The so-called Dreamers were protected from deportation under the policy enacted in 2012 during Barack Obama’s presidency.n September, Trump said he was scrapping the DACA program but delayed enforcement to give Congress six months — until March — to craft a lasting solution.The government was sued on grounds that ending the program was arbitrary and done without following proper legal procedures.Judge Alsup the questioned the administration´s argument that DACA had not been implemented legally.
Alsup said DACA must be resurrected while the legal challenge to it proceeds.
Earlier Tuesday, Trump had taken command of the White House meeting to coax Republican and Democratic lawmakers toward a compromise on the fate of Dreamers.
“It should be a bill of love,” Trump said of a measure under negotiation that would protect hundreds of thousands of Dreamers from deportation.Trump Said Drugs are pouring into our country at a record pace and a lot of people are coming in that we can´t have.
Trump wanted lawmakers to strike a quick solution, Trump´s position appeared at odds with his 2016 election campaign, when his platform focused largely on border security and immigration curtailment, and many of his core supporters were raged at the prospect of legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants.