A US federal judge in the state of California has temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects young immigrants from deportation.
Judge William Alsup said Tuesday that the immigration policy established by the administration of former President Barack Obama must remain in place while litigation over Trump’s decision to end the program plays out.
In his ruling, Alsup said the US Department of Homeland Security’s “decision to rescind DACA was based on a flawed legal premise.”
As a result, DACA recipients who failed to renew their status by last year’s deadline will have a chance to submit renewal applications.
However, the ruling is limited and does not allow new applications, for those who have never before received DACA protections, to be submitted.
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