Judge Rules DACA Protections Must Stay in Place

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

"As he rejected a bipartisan compromise Thursday to resolve the standoff over so-called Dreamers, President Trump asked participants in an Oval Office meeting why the US should accept immigrants from "s--hole" countries" in Africa, according to two people briefed on the meeting.

President Donald Trump met with a bipartisan group of senators Thursday, provocatively saying the United States should decline to admit immigrants from Haiti and African countries, or as he described them, "shithole countries".

The ruling means that the Trump administration must renew applications for so-called "Dreamers" - children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents - who are protected from deportation under DACA. "Any solution has to include the wall, because without the wall, it all doesn't work".

On Tuesday, a U.S. District Court judge temporarily blocked the Trump Administration from phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program grants protections, such as the ability to work and live in the country, to nearly 800,000 immigrants brought to the U.S.as children. Trump has terminated it but given lawmakers until March 5 to craft legislation reviving its protections.

The bill tackles the issue of the future of the 690,000 youths, known as "Dreamers", who came to the USA when they were children and were permitted to stay under former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, which was established in 2012 and suspended by the Trump administration in September 2017.

In his ruling, Judge Alsup stated that "the government is hereby ordered and enjoined, pending final judgment herein or other order, to maintain the Daca programme on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the rescission". The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals commonly examines appeals of rulings made in Judge Alsup's court and others.

For that reason, immigrants are putting pressure on congressional lawmakers who have been working together to include an immigration plan that includes permanent, legal protections for certain immigrants as part of a larger spending bill package. "The iron is hot".

"We've got this bipartisan group. We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress", the statement read. Federal agencies will shut down unless lawmakers pass a bill financing them by January 19, and legislators are also trying to reach agreement on a budget deal financing government for the rest of this year.

Speaking to Lou Dobbs on FOX Business, Coulter said that the meeting marked "the lowest day in the Trump presidency".

"Honestly", Perdue told reporters, "we're not that far away". But the bill does contain much of what the president has said he wants to see in an immigration bill: a plan to fund the border wall and to end the chain migration system as well as the visa lottery program.

And finally, they are discussing eliminating the diversity visa lottery, which allows 50,000 slots for people to apply to emigrate to the US, and giving those slots to immigrants already in the USA with protected status, including those from El Salvador and Haiti whose protected status was eliminated.

But the president has not been clear on what he would accept and during a Wednesday news conference with Erna Solberg, the prime minister of Norway, he said any legislation must include the wall.

The exchange came during a meeting meant to present the White House with a bipartisan compromise to help resolve the standoff over immigration. But there's something different this time: Donald Trump. That proposal has been strongly opposed by Democrats and many Republicans as a futile waste of money.

"However, we still think we can get there and we are very focused on trying to make sure that happens", she said. We need the wall for security.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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