Dec 4, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA

Photo of two masked people standing in front of the Supreme Court and holding a sign that says "Immigrants are #HereToStay"

DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children a chance to petition for protection from deportation.

Why it matters: President Trump has sought to undo the Obama-era program since taking office. Friday’s ruling will require Department of Homeland Security officers to begin accepting new applications for DACA as soon as Monday.

The big picture: Roughly 640,000 immigrants are enrolled in the DACA program. The Trump administration has argued that the Obama-era program was an overreach of executive power.

But, but, but: Immigrants often referred to as “'dreamers' are not necessarily in the clear," the Washington Post notes.

  • Attorneys general in multiple states have asked a federal judge to rule that DACA is unlawful.

What they’re saying: "Today's ruling opens the door for more than 1 million immigrant youth who have been unfairly denied their chance to apply for DACA and secure their future in this country," Karen Tumlin, one of the lawyers representing DACA recipients and applicants, told CBS News. "Our brave plaintiffs have said from the beginning of this lawsuit that their home is here, and the court rightly recognized that today."

  • "The court reserves the right to impose further remedies if they become necessary," Garaufis wrote in his decision.
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