Brooklyn judge blocks Trump admin from ending DACA
A Brooklyn federal judge on Tuesday impeded President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program that protects immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation, a ruling similar but more broad than a California judge’s previous decision to keep the program last month.
With a March 5 deadline to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program quickly approaching, Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled it cannot end nationwide based on current arbitrary arguments proposed for its cease. The issue was brought to the judge when several DACA recipients, known as “Dreamers,” and 17 attorneys general led by New York AG Eric Schneiderman sued the federal government for the Sept. 5, 2017 decision to end the program.
Garaufis specifically ordered the government to process both initial requests for DACA status and renewals on the same terms put in place before Trump’s decision to “orderly wind down,” the Obama-era program. The judge also ruled that the administration could eventually rescind the program if it provided sound reasoning.
“The question before the court is thus not whether defendants could end the DACA program, but whether they offered legally adequate reasons for doing so,” Garaufis wrote in the order. “Based on its review of the record before it, the court concludes that defendants have not done so.”