Judge orders Homeland Security to reinstate Dreamer’s amnesty
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.
Jessica Colotl, a Dreamer, had a federal judge reinstate amnesty for her in a ruling on Monday.