President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Picture: Evan Vucci/AP
President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Picture: Evan Vucci/AP

US judge blocks Trump move to end DACA

By Dan Levine And Yeganeh Torbati Time of article published Jan 10, 2018

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Washington - A US judge

blocked President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday from

ending a programme that shielded from deportation children brought

to the United States illegally by their parents.

Trump decided in September to rescind the Deferred Action

for Childhood Arrivals programme, or DACA. US District Judge

William Alsup ruled in San Francisco on Tuesday the programme must

remain in place while litigation over Trump's decision unfolds.

The ruling came as Trump and US congressional leaders

negotiated broad immigration reforms.

Alsup's decision follows on from stands taken by other US judges to rein in Trump's immigration policies, striking down

moves against sanctuary cities and limiting the scope of a ban

against travel from some Muslim-majority counties.

The DACA programme has provided protection from deportation

and the right to work legally to nearly 800,000 young people

since it was authorised by President Barack Obama in 2012.

Several states, organisations and individuals have filed

lawsuits seeking to protect DACA recipients, who are known as

Dreamers.

Alsup said in his ruling the federal government did not have

to process new applications from people who had never before

received protection under the program. However, he ordered the

government to process renewal applications people who had

previously been covered.

"DACA gave them a more tolerable set of choices, including

joining the mainstream workforce," Alsup wrote. "Now, absent an

injunction, they will slide back to the pre-DACA era and

associated hardship."

A Department of Homeland Security spokesman declined to

comment, and representatives for the White House and the

Department of Justice could not be reached immediately for

comment.

Trump ran on a hardline immigration platform during the 2016

presidential election, promising to end DACA and strengthen

border protections to increase jobs for US workers. 

Reuters

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