Immigration

Thanks to Trump’s Tweets, Court Strikes Down His DACA Decision

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

U.S. District Judge William Alsup of the Ninth District Court in California ruled last night that Trump cannot unilaterally end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on a whim.

Judge Alsup's ruling relied on Trump's own words expressing vague support for the program he canceled.


“We seem to be in the unusual position wherein the ultimate authority over the agency, the Chief Executive, publicly favors the very program the agency has ended,” [Judge Alsup] wrote. “For the reasons DACA was instituted and for the reasons tweeted by President Trump, this order finds that the public interest will be served by DACA’s continuation.”

It seems likely to me that Judge Alsup would not have ruled this way if Trump simply shut the hell up.

I suppose we should be thankful that he didn't shut up, at least in this case.

  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    he’s often supported DACA in words, but always undermined it in deeds. Good on the judge for saying that his words matter.

  • Aynwrong

    Donald Trump seems to be such a naturally addled person I wouldn’t be surprised if he thinks turning a complete 180° on any particular issue and does not understand that he’s changed his mind.

    He’s the perfect representative of the GOP. A political party whose utter incapacity to govern is often the only thing that protects the nation from it’s cruelty.

  • muselet

    It seems likely to me that Judge Alsup would not have ruled this way if Trump simply shut the hell up.

    I know little about William Alsup, but he doesn’t strike me as the sort of judge who would rely on Donald Trump’s tweets to tailor his decisions.

    Regardless, he made a reasonable and humane ruling. Hats off to him.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      Perhaps, but I was thinking that courts typically defer to the executive in similar cases. Individual judges may have their own opinions of course. Trump’s tweets helped in any case.