Immigration

Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Order to End DACA

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Good news -- a second federal judge has ruled against Trump's order to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

While a district court judge in California previously ruled against Trump's order, this ruling may carry more weight behind it.

From Reuters:

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, cannot end in March as planned, a victory for state attorneys general and immigrants who sued the Republican administration. The decision is similar to an earlier ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco that DACA must remain in place while litigation over Trump’s decision unfolds.

Judge Garaufis ruled in favor of a coalition of 17 state attorneys general led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

As you may recall, the Trump regime sought to bypass the federal appeals process and argue against the initial ruling from California directly in front of the Supreme Court. That seemed unlikely at the time and it seems extraordinarily unlikely now that nearly 20 states have won a temporary victory against Trump's order under the jurisdiction of a different court of appeals.

As I've said before, I believe the best chance to save DACA this year is in court, not in our Republican-controlled Congress.

  • Badgerite

    Good news. I wonder what the Stephen Miller and Paul Ryan types think they have actually accomplished with this other than for the mask of somehow having a reason beyond bigotry and ‘feeding the base’ falling away.

  • muselet

    I don’t imagine this ruling will have much of a practical effect on the ground. After all, ICE already has the green light to do whatever it will to whomever it pleases.

    Plus, I can only imagine what the administration’s enraged response to this ruling will be. I’m not entirely sure the Department of Justice wouldn’t consider dropping a tactical nuke on the federal courthouse in Brooklyn a measured response.

    This is going to get much uglier before it’s over.

    –alopecia

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