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