Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Second US judge blocks Trump order to end 'Dreamer' program

Second US judge blocks Trump order to end 'Dreamer' program

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme can not end in March as President Donald Trump had planned, a New York City judge ruled.

US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, can not end in March as planned, a victory for state attorneys general and immigrants who sued the Republican administration.

The judge's order temporarily protecting the so-called "Dreamers" protected by DACA is nationwide in scope, just as was a similar order issued last month by a federal judge in San Francisco, U.S. District Judge William Alsup.

"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", he wrote. Kuka said that these earlier studies were limited to the population of individuals who already graduated from high school, whereas their study also looked at the effect of DACA in incentivizing students to finish high school and therefore be eligible for college entry.

Modelled on President Donald Trump's immigration framework, the "Secure and Succeed Act", as the Bill is called, proposes to lay out an "earned path to citizenship" for 1.8 million illegal, young immigrants, popularly known as "Dreamers".

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The US Supreme Court on Friday is due to consider whether to hear an appeal from the administration against the 9 January ruling. Various bills, including the DREAM Act, are being considered as replacement programs that would still provide for undocumented people brought into the U.S.at a young age, as well as offer a bipartisan compromise to immigration policies.

Trump was referring to a deadline he announced a year ago to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

Two people watch undocumented immigrants fill out application forms for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on August 15, 2012, at Navy Pier in Chicago.

"Today's order doesn't change the Department of Justice's position on the facts: DACA was implemented unilaterally after Congress declined to extend these benefits to this same group of illegal aliens".

A second USA judge has blocked the White House from ending a programme barring the deportation of immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. "As such, it was an unlawful circumvention of Congress, and was susceptible to the same legal challenges that effectively ended DAPA", O'Malley said. Tuesday's decision does not expand on this ruling, but adds weight to DACA advocates' position in what will likely be a Supreme Court battle over the programme. Almost 80 percent of DACA recipients are originally from Mexico, a country the president has accused of sending rapists and other criminals into the U.S.

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