Judge or­ders Home­land Se­cu­rity to re­in­state Dreamer’s amnesty

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Di­nan

A fed­eral judge or­dered Home­land Se­cu­rity on Mon­day to re­in­state an amnesty for a Dreamer and blasted the gov­ern­ment for “run­ning roughshod” over a young woman in a rul­ing that breaks new ground in le­gal rights for il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

Judge Mark H. Co­hen ruled that the de­part­ment didn’t fol­low its own pro­ce­dures when it stripped Jes­sica Colotl of her sta­tus un­der Pres­i­dent Obama’s 2012 amnesty, known in gov­ern­ment-speak as DACA.

The judge or­dered her de­por­ta­tion amnesty and her work per­mit be kept in place, and sent U.S. Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vices — the Home­land Se­cu­rity agency that han­dles ap­pli­ca­tions — back to con­sider Ms. Colotl’s case again.

“The pub­lic has an in­ter­est in gov­ern­ment agen­cies be­ing re­quired to com­ply with their own writ­ten guide­lines in­stead of en­gag­ing in ar­bi­trary de­ci­sion mak­ing,” Judge Co­hen said.

When the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion es­tab­lished the pro­gram, it said DACA was wholly a dis­cre­tionary pro­gram that could be re­voked.

But the de­ci­sion by Judge Co­hen, who was ap­pointed to the fed­eral courts by Mr. Obama, sug­gests il­le­gal im­mi­grants can go to court to claim they have a right to a process, if not an out­come.

Ms. Colotl said that with her work per­mit re­stored, she’ll be back at work this week.

“This is good news for Jes­sica and for the rule of law,” said Michael Tan, a lawyer for the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union, who rep­re­sented Ms. Colotl.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Jes­sica Colotl, a Dreamer, had a fed­eral judge re­in­state amnesty for her in a rul­ing on Mon­day.

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