Feb 13, 2018

Second court blocks Trump’s move to end DACA

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A federal judge in New York ruled today that while the Trump administration has the right to rescind DACA, it has not provided sufficient legal reasons to do so and thus the program must remain in place while a legal battle plays out. A judge in California made a similar ruling last month.

Why it matters: The rulings have bought Congress some time past the March 5th deadline established by President Trump, but make it "much likelier that the Supreme Court will take up the California case,” Leon Fresco, immigration attorney and former Deputy Assistant A.G. at DOJ’s Office of Immigration Litigation, tells Axios.

  • Fresco anticipates that the fate of DACA will be decided by June, meaning meaning "Congress has to act quickly regardless" or else risk the elimination of the program.
  • Congress is currently debating immigration solutions, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushing for a deal by the end of he week, but there has yet to be a breakthrough more than 5 months after Trump proposed ending the program

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.