A federal judge in California ruled Tuesday to temporarily block the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying that the Department of Homeland Security’s “decision to rescind DACA was based on a flawed legal premise.”
San Francisco Judge William Alsup declared that beneficiaries of DACA, which was instituted during the Obama administration, must be permitted to continue to renew their applications as usual while Congress works to agree on legislation addressing the future of the program.
Alsup’s ruling will allow DACA recipients who failed to renew their status by last year’s deadline to submit renewal applications, although new applications for the program will not be accepted, The Hill reported.
“Dreamers’ lives were thrown into chaos when the Trump Administration tried to terminate the DACA program without obeying the law,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “Today’s ruling is a huge step in the right direction.”
“America is and has been home to Dreamers who courageously came forward, applied for DACA and did everything the federal government asked of them,” Becerra added. “They followed DACA’s rules, they succeeded in school, at work and in business, and they have contributed in building a better America. We will fight at every turn for their rights and opportunities so they may continue to contribute to America.”
President Trump announced in September that he would rescind DACA and allow Congress to decide on how to proceed regarding the program.
In a bipartisan meeting held on Tuesday, Trump said that he wants a “bill of love” to address DACA. The president indicated that he would “sign” any legislation that the group of lawmakers in the room devised to resolve the DACA issue, noting that he was willing to “take the heat” to support a bipartisan deal.