U.S. judge temporarily blocks Trump administration from ending DACA

Current program members will be eligible to renew, but new applicants will not be accepted

Published January 10, 2018 9:33AM (EST)

Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Jeff Malet Photography)
Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Jeff Malet Photography)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.


U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco ruled Tuesday that President Donald Trump cannot end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program before litigation about the matter is completed.

The Trump administration can prevent new enrollments, but must provide renewals to current DACA recipients. More than 800,000 young people have received protection under DACA, which began in 2012 under President Barack Obama.

Tuesday's ruling follows a televised meeting with U.S. legislators that found Trump offering conflicting perspectives and seeming to agree to a clean DACA bill before being intercepted by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. The president seemed to misunderstand the definition of "clean" in relation to legislation.

Trump spoke of wanting a "bill of love," despite his administration's consistent attacks on immigrant communities, including DACA recipients and humanitarian refugees.

By Chris Sosa

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