Appeals court halts Trump attempts to end DACA

Lester Mason
November 11, 2018

A US appeals court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump can not immediately end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled to uphold a nationwide injunction on Thursday, saying that the Trump administration had not given adequate reasoning to back up its decision to terminate the protections and that the Obama administration had not acted outside of its powers, as the current administration has alleged.

Lawsuits by California and others challenging the administration's decision will continue in federal court while the injunction remains in place.

Trump previous year decried the 9th Circuit's "ridiculous" ruling on the travel ban, and said that court has "a bad record of being overturned" by the Supreme Court - an often-made charge that the 9th Circuit's chief judge took issue with in congressional testimony.

Many of them had no choice about becoming illegal immigrants, as they were brought into the country at a very young age. DACA now protects roughly 700,000 young adults, mostly Hispanics, with the number previously as high as about 800,000 people.

In January, U.S. District Judge William Alsup rejected the argument that then-President Barack Obama had exceeded his power in creating DACA.

On Nov. 5, the administration took the unusual step of asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case even though the appeals court had yet to rule. "The Justice Department will continue to vigorously defend its position on this matter, and looks forward to vindicating that position before the Supreme Court".

The Trump administration moved to end the program in 2017 after Texas and other states threatened to sue to force an end to the program.

Trump's move a year ago had called for the programme to begin winding down this past March. There are about 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, according to the Pew Research Centre.

In April, a third federal judge, in Washington, D.C., also ruled against the administration.

A lawsuit by a group of young Americans, which asserts the USA government is harming them by having created a national energy system that causes climate change, is on hold again after a federal appeals court Thursday granted the Trump administration's motion for a temporary stay.

The ruling is a small victory for DACA recipients and their supporters, but the real test comes as the Supreme Court is now expected to make a final ruling.

UC spokesperson Claire Doan said in a statement the University welcomes the appellate court's decision and is now calling on the Trump administration to stop its efforts to repeal DACA.

Options that have been discussed are extending DACA or providing a path to citizenship in exchange for funding for a wall along the US-Mexico border. It sent a letter to the circuit last month, saying that if the decision was not handed down by October 31, it would ask the Supreme Court to take up the issue.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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