Federal judge blocks Trump's plan to terminate DACA

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

President Donald Trump on Wednesday complained about the federal courts the morning after a judge in California blocked his administration from fully terminating a program temporarily shielding young unauthorized immigrants from deportation.

Lawmakers walked away confused.

While some Republicans hope to gain leverage by dragging out negotiations and increase the risk that DACA recipients could lose status and even be deported, advocates have made clear to Democrats they should feel empowered to reject a deal that benefits DACA immigrants at the expense of scores of others and their families.

Last year, President Trump ordered the end of the Obama-era program that allowed so-called Dreamers to obtain two-year permits to work and study in the United States. He's the director of the Institute for Higher Education Law & Governance at the University of Houston.

The judge did not rule on the merits of the case but said the plaintiffs would suffer irreparable harm if the Trump administration ended DACA before the legal dispute is resolved.

Verbatim, he said, "We need quick justice, and we need strong justice - much quicker and much stronger than we have right now - because what we have right now is a joke, and it's a laughingstock".

Promulgated in 2012 by the administration of then president Barack Obama, the DACA policy protected at least 690,000 "dreamers" - young people who arrived in the United States when they were children, from deportation and granted them temporary work permits.

Federal judge blocks Trump's plan to terminate DACA
Federal judge blocks Trump's plan to terminate DACA

The bill takes a tough stance on illegal immigration enforcement and addresses the future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

"We're pleased that bipartisan members are talking", President Donald Trump's congressional liaison Marc Short said Thursday, but added, "I think there's still a ways to go".

Reports of his language that referred to people of color from other countries created a fire storm of criticism from both major parties and critics overseas who said they could not be described as anything but racist.

R-Va., joins Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss the bill, one of several proposals being floated as lawmakers try to reach an agreement on a DACA "fix" before the program expires in March.

The U.S. Catholic bishops "are encouraged by the consensus" that emerged from a White House meeting that a legislative solution for DACA is "urgently needed", said the chairman of the bishops' Committee on Migration.

"We saw a small window of opportunity that perhaps this could be resolved", said Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-NY, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. Stay with TODEC because we are going to start giving instructions and we will be helping them for free to fill out applications.

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