A second federal judge on Tuesday issued an injunction barring the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, while litigation plays out in courts.
“Because Plaintiffs also satisfy the remaining requirements for the court to issue a preliminary injunction, the court ENJOINS Defendants from rescinding the DACA program, pending a decision on the merits of these cases,” U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis wrote in a court order.
“Defendants thus must continue processing both initial DACA applications and DACA renewal requests under the same terms and conditions that applied before September 5, 2017, subject to the limitations described below.”
The ruling is similar to one issued last month by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who ordered the administration to continue processing DACA applications.
Shortly after that order, the Trump administration formally asked the Supreme Court to review the lower court’s decision.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump’s desire for military parade: ‘We have a Napoleon in the making’ MORE rescinded the Obama-era program, which temporarily shielded young undocumented immigrants – known as “Dreamers” – from deportation, in September.
But Trump gave lawmakers until March 5 to pass legislation enshrining the program’s protections into law. Since then, lawmakers have scrambled to reach a deal on DACA protections, and White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE has said that Trump is unlikely to extend the deadline.