Federal judge blocks President Trump's attempt at ending DACA
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- A federal judge has ruled that President Trump's administration must continue to process "initial DACA applications" as well as "DACA renewal requests."
Reuters is reporting that U.S. district judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn ruled that DACA is not allowed to end in March. The Trump administration was not able to find "legally adequate reasons" for ending the program, according to the judge's decision.
In the decision, the court also wanted to make clear that it does not believe the removal of DACA is unlawful and that the Trump administration is not allowed to remove the program. It is solely the judge's belief that the reasons argued were not sufficient enough.
The judge also says the Trump administration is allowed to revoke the work authorization of individual recipients of DACA.
"DACA is not unconstitutional simply because it was implemented by unilateral, executive action without express congressional authorization," according to the court's decision.
This is the second time this has occurred after a federal judge in San Francisco also ruled in favor of keeping DACA active.
DACA, also known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children. They are not allowed to be deported under the program.
Mark Herring, attorney general for Virginia, tweeted the news about Tuesday's decision calling Trump's initial decision an "unlawful order."
"A federal judge has blocked President Trump's unlawful order ending the #DACA program and granted our request for a nationwide injuction," Herring said.
New York State's attorney general Eric Schneiderman also weighed in calling Trump's decision "discriminatory."
"Our coalition of 17 AG's just won a preliminary injuction blocking POTUS's discriminatory attempt to end #DACA and deport DREAMers," Schneiderman stated.
In September 2017, a coalition of Democratic attorney generals filed suit in New York. They argued that the President's previous comments about Mexicans proved that Trump's fight to end DACA was "fundamentally unfair."