Judge up­holds his or­der to re­store DACA

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY MIRIAM JOR­DAN

A fed­eral judge Fri­day up­held his pre­vi­ous or­der to re­vive an Obama-era pro­gram that shields about 700,000 young im­mi­grants from de­por­ta­tion, say­ing that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion had failed to jus­tify elim­i­nat­ing it.

Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia gave the gov­ern­ment 20 days to ap­peal his de­ci­sion. But his rul­ing could con­flict with an­other de­ci­sion on the pro­gram that a fed­eral judge in Texas is ex­pected to is­sue as early as next week.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced late last year that it would phase out the pro­gram known as De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals, or DACA, which pro­tects unau­tho­rized young adults from de­por­ta­tion and grants them two-year re­new­able work per­mits. The ad­min­is­tra­tion ar­gued that Pres­i­dent Barack Obama had over­stepped his au­thor­ity and cir­cum­vented Congress when he cre­ated the pro­gram in 2012.

The de­ci­sion to end the pro­gram has faced nu­mer­ous le­gal chal­lenges. Cur­rently, the gov­ern­ment must con­tinue ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to re­new DACA sta­tus, if not new ap­pli­ca­tions from those who meet the cri­te­ria to qual­ify. DACA re­cip­i­ents – of­ten called “Dream­ers” – typ­i­cally were brought to the United States il­le­gally as chil­dren through no choice of their own.

Bates ruled in late April that the ad­min­is­tra­tion must re­store the DACA pro­gram and ac­cept new ap­pli­ca­tions. He had stayed his de­ci­sion for 90 days to give the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, which runs the pro­gram, the op­por­tu­nity to lay out its rea­sons for end­ing it.

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