U.S. ap­peals court rules against Trump on DACA im­mi­gra­tion pro­gramme

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(Reuters) - A U.S. ap­peals court in Cal­i­for­nia ruled yes­ter­day that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion must con­tinue a pro­gramme be­gun un­der for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama that pro­tects hun­dreds of thou­sands of il­le­gal im­mi­grants who were brought into the coun­try as chil­dren.

The de­ci­sion by the San Fran­cis­cobased 9th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals pre­serves the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals (DACA) pro­gramme in­tro­duced in 2012 that has shielded from de­por­ta­tion a group of im­mi­grants dubbed “Dream­ers” and has given them work per­mits, though not a path to cit­i­zen­ship.

Trump has taken a stern stance against il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. His ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced plans in Septem­ber 2017 to phase out DACA, ar­gu­ing that Obama ex­ceeded his con­sti­tu­tional pow­ers when he by­passed Con­gress and cre­ated the pro­gram. DACA cur­rently pro­tects roughly 700,000 young adults, mostly His­pan­ics, with the num­ber pre­vi­ously as high as about 800,000 peo­ple.

The three-judge panel unan­i­mously up­held a fed­eral judge’s Jan­uary in­junc­tion main­tain­ing the pro­gram, re­ject­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s claim that the de­ci­sion to end DACA was not re­view­able by the courts.

The rul­ing stems from a law­suit brought by the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, the states of Cal­i­for­nia, Maine, Mary­land and Min­nesota and oth­ers chal­leng­ing Trump’s move to end DACA.

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