Federal Judges Temporarily Block Trump From Ending DACA Program

Federal Judges Temporarily Block Trump From Ending DACA Program

Following the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in March, various Democratic Attorneys General have filed suit in various federal courts to block the decision. To date, two federal judges have issued rulings that temporarily block DACA from ending in March. On January 9, 2018, U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco ruled that DACA must remain in place while legal challenges to the Trump administration’s decision to end the program are pending. Similarly, on February 13, 2018, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn also ruled that the DACA program must remain in place while the litigation continues. More specifically, Garaufis’s decision requires the federal government to continue processing DACA renewal applications just as it did prior to the Trump administration’s decision to end the program. Meanwhile, the U.S. Justice Department continues to argue that since the Obama administration unilaterally implemented the program, thereby circumventing Congress, then it has the power to unilaterally rescind the program. Although the Trump administration took the unusual move of appealing the Northern California federal district court injunction related to the DACA program directly to the U.S. Supreme Court, the high Court has declined to act, which effectively leaves the lower courts’ bans on ending the program in place. The Supreme Court’s inaction is not particularly unusual, given the circumstances. However, the high Court did place the case on its agenda for later in February, which could mean that a decision is forthcoming sooner rather than later. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we know the consequences of ending the DACA program. We have the experience that you need when you are facing deportation charges, which are becoming more and more common each day. We are skilled at representing immigrants just like you in immigration court, where we appear on a regular basis. We know how to gather the facts that are relevant to your case, assess your options, and determine whether you have any legal defenses that may enable you to avoid deportation and remain in the United States. Contact the Oakland immigration attorneys at our office today and learn how we potentially can help you and your family through this difficult situation.
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