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Federal Court Rules Against Trump's Effort To End DACA Program

Federal Court Rules Against Trump's Effort To End DACA Program

A federal appeals court in California has blocked the Trump administration from immediately terminating an Obama-era program protecting from deportation young immigrants brought illegally to the U.S.as children.

The ruling by a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, represents a blow to the administration, which had appealed against an injunction blocking Trump from ending DACA.

The ruling comes just days after the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to take over three cases concerning pending lawsuits that seek to preserve DACA.

DACA is an executive action issued by former President Barack Obama in 2012 to help undocumented individuals who arrived to the country as children to obtain work permits, college degrees and driver's licenses.

The Trump administration moved to end the program in 2017 after Texas and other states threatened to sue to force an end to the program.

In addition, a federal judge in Washington in August ordered the administration to fully restore Daca, including taking new applications.

Lawsuits both challenging and supporting Trump's decision to end Daca have been working their way through the courts, making it likely the issue will wind up in front of the Supreme Court. On Thursday, Judge Kim Wardlaw wrote in the appeals court ruling that Duke's decision had been misguided, and that DACA "was a permissible exercise of executive discretion".

Wardlaw and Nguyen also said the plaintiffs would likely win on their claim that rescinding DACA would violate federal administrative law.

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U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken met in Eugene with the parties Thursday and indicated she would promptly set a trial date once the appeals court lifts its temporary stay, according to Meg Ward, a spokeswoman for the plaintiffs.

California, the most populous USA state, is a liberal bastion that is unfriendly political territory for Trump.

"It's a question of an agency saying, 'We're not going to have a policy that might well be illegal, '" Mr Mooppan told the judges.

Wardlaw said the Obama administration was within its powers to enact DACA because it had to make a choice about how to direct limited resources in deporting undocumented immigrants and made a decision to spare those who came as children, had not committed crimes and were students or in the military.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra responded to today's decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the case Regents of the University of California, et al., v.

DACA proponents have also argued that Trump's planned termination of the program violates federal law requiring adequate notice-and-comment periods before certain federal rules are changed, as well as other constitutional equal protection and due process guarantees.

It filed that request with the Supreme Court last week, but the justices have not acted upon it yet.

Federal judges in NY and Washington also have ruled against Trump on DACA.


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