DACA Enrollment Could Reopen After Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Dreamers

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According to CNN, a District of Columbia Judge, John D. Bates, called the Trump Administration's decision to roll back DACA "arbitrary and capricious" because the Department of Homeland Security failed to "adequately explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful".

It is likely the cases will eventually end up before the Supreme Court once the appeals process runs its course, but that would nearly certainly take place in the next term, October at the earliest, and a court ruling of that magnitude could take months to complete.

Almost 690,000 people were enrolled in the DACA program when the Trump administration announced its intent to rescind it.

The NAACP filed its case in September of previous year against President Trump, Attorney General Jefferson Sessions, DHS Secretary Elaine Duke, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security, in defense of people of color eligible for the DACA program.

Meanwhile, the NAACP, which brought one of the suits against Trump that Bates ruled on Tuesday, cheered the judge's decision as a "huge victory".

Two other federal judges also recently ordered the Trump administration to process Daca renewal applications under the same terms that applied before the president's September order. "The Department of Homeland Security therefore acted within its lawful authority in deciding to wind down DACA in an orderly manner".

The ruling won't come into play immediately since the judge has allowed the administration 90 days to make its case in a new memo, justifying the end of the program.

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Bates is now the third federal court to rule against Trump on DACA.

"DACA was implemented unilaterally after Congress declined to extend benefits to this same group of illegal aliens", Justice Department spokesman Devin O'Malley said.

The New York Times's Miriam Jordan gives an account of the ruling in "U.S".

The US justice department said it would continue to seek an end to the programme. Greisa Martínez Rosa, deputy executive director of United We Dream, took shots at the Trump administration's efforts on Twitter.

For its part, the Department of Justice issued a statement on Tuesday night ensuring that it would "continue to vigorously defend" the legality of its decision, looking forward to "vindicating its position in further litigation". No court has ever found DACA to be unconstitutional.

The order could be great news for the thousands of people who would have been eligible for DACA had the program not ended. Bates' order also does not effect the older court decisions that have made it so current enrollees are able to renew their DACA.

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