A US federal judge says President Donald Trump’s plan to end and tan Obama-era program that protects young immigrants from deportation was racially motivated.
In a new ruling on Friday, US District Court Judge William Alsup wrote that it is “plausible” that Trump shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for racial reasons.
The Trump administration announced in September that it would end the program that was authorized by former President Barack Obama in 2012 to provide protection from deportation and the right to work legally to undocumented immigrants, who entered the US as children.
The judge ruled on Tuesday that the immigration policy must remain in place. In the follow-up ruling on Friday, Alsup said the lawsuits challenging Trump’s order cited the president’s anti-Mexican and anti-Latino rhetoric during the 2016 campaign.
The lawsuits cited Trump’s description of Mexicans as rapists and of…