Federal Judge Reaffirms Ruling That the Trump Administration Must Resume DACA

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A U.S. federal judge has sided with the plaintiffs in a case filed against the Trump administration's move to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which had sparked a wave of protests in September.

Bates ruled in April that the administration had to process renewal applications for people already in the DACA program.

The plan to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA and instituted by President Barack Obama, has also been put on hold by courts in California and NY. U.S. District Judge John Bates said Friday that the order would be delayed until August 23 to allow the government to appeal, but he denied a Justice Department motion to reconsider his earlier decision, saying there were still deficiencies in the administration's rationale for rescinding DACA.

2. Bates Said The Administration Hadn't Put Forward A Convincing Legal Argument to End DACA The DACA case first came before Judge Bates back in April.

The ruling sets up potentially conflicting DACA orders from federal judges by the end of the month.

In his 25-page opinion, Judge John Bates said the Trump White House had again failed to provide justification for its proposal to end the Obama-era program, under which almost 800,000 people brought to the country illegally as children, known as "Dreamers", have received work permits and deferral from deportation.

The Trump Administration had been given 90 days to "better explain" why DACA was unlawful, Bates said, after it was determined that the legal position had been "virtually unexplained". She relied heavily on the memorandum that her predecessor, Elaine C. Duke, had issued to rescind the program and said the department had the discretion to end the program, just as the department under Obama had exercised discretion to create it. He called the shutdown of the program "arbitrary and capricious" and said Nielsen's response "fails to elaborate meaningfully on the agency's primary rationale for its decision".

Another ruling on the programme is expected soon by a federal judge in Texas. The earlier decisions are pending before appeals courts. Shutting down the government for illegal aliens is not a winning message.

The District of Columbia lawsuit was brought by the NAACP, Microsoft and Princeton University.

In February, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor for eight hours about the young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers.

Trump tried to get Congress to address the issue without success. The Supreme Court has declined to hear the case.

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