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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Court Orders FULL RESTORATION of DACA Program

Judge uses Trump’s Twitter post to undercut DHS phaseout

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008 file photo Manuel Rendon, center in white, along with fellow members, recite the Pledge of Allegiance at a meeting of the Collin County LULAC Young Adults Council #4780 at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. The oldest Latino civil rights organization in the U.S. is facing turmoil over its leader's initial support for President Donald Trump's immigration plan and it comes amid evolving membership. League of United Latin American Citizens members are pressuring President Roger Rocha to resign after he wrote a letter in support of Trump's proposal on increased border security. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez,File)

 A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that the government must fully restart the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty and accept brand new applicants as well as renewals, throwing a potential wrench in the ongoing debate over the fate of “Dreamers” on Capitol Hill.
Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis said the administration does have the power to revoke DACA, but it must give a sound reason for doing so — and the Homeland Security Department’s September 2017 rationale fell far short of what is required in that regard.
He even used Mr. Trump’s own tweets as evidence that the DACA program was ended precipitously, pointing to President Trumps’s claims that he could “revisit this issue” as proof the program could have been continued.
Judge Garaufis is the second federal judge to rule Mr. Trump’s aides bungled the phaseout — but his decision is the most wide-ranging, ordering the government to not only allow those already in the program to renew their applications but also ordering the government to accept new applications.
“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,” wrote Judge Garaufis, a Clinton appointee to the court. “Based on its review of the record before it, the court concludes that defendants have not done so.”
The judge said the Trump administration can still rescind the program in the future if it does it the right way.
And he said the administration doesn’t have to approve any specific DACA applications. But it must begin to process applications again.
Mr. Trump had set a March 5 phaseout data for the DACA program, whose full name is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Created by the Obama administration through executive action in 2012, it is currently protecting nearly 700,000 Dreamers from deportation.
Mr. Trump had said the program was illegal and announced the phaseout, saying it was up to Congress to come up with a more firm legal status for Dreamers.
But in the months following, Mr. Trump had also said he would consider extending the March 5 deadline. In one September tweet he said that if Congress didn’t act, “I will revisit this issue.”
Judge Garaufis said that undercut the president’s own legal team, saying it’s “not clear that the attorney general’s views are those of the administration he serves.”
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that handles DACA, did not have an immediate reaction.
The agency had already begun to accept renewal applications under the first court order.
But it has not released any details of how that process is going.

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