A tweet put out by President Trump back in September was cited as the reason federal Judge William Alsup temporarily blocked President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, according to a report from The Hill on Wednesday.
Trump announced in September that he would roll back the Obama-era DACA program, which protects illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. He gave Congress six months to pass replacement legislation.
In his ruling, Alsup wrote that a tweet that Trump issued from his Twitter account demonstrated that leaving DACA in place would serve the public interest.
“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!” Trump wrote in September.
Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
“We seem to be in the unusual position wherein the ultimate authority over the agency, the Chief Executive, publicly favors the very program the agency has ended,” the ruling read.
This isn’t the first time that Trump’s tweets have been invoked in rulings: Judges referred to them in cases about the travel ban and the President’s attempt to block transgender troops from the military.
In his ruling, Alsup wrote a tweet posted on Dec. 29 tweet, in which he wrote that “there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL,” helped to support the plaintiffs’ claim that Trump ended DACA to use it as a “bargaining chip” for his proposed border wall.
The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc. We must protect our Country at all cost!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
Alsup’s decision ruled that DACA must stay in place until all litigation over Trump’s decision has played out, and wrote that the decision to rescind the program was “based on a flawed legal promise.”
Trump met with lawmakers on Tuesday to figure out parameters for a bipartisan immigration deal.