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Federal judge blocks Trump's move to end DACA
A San Francisco judge temporarily halted President Trump's plan to let the DACA program expire in March. The judge's order received praise from California's attorney general and criticism from the White House.
By Rick Docksai
Jan 12, 2018

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WASHINGTON D.C. — A San Francisco federal judge issued a temporary block on the Trump administration's plan to let the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program expire in March. Judge William Alsup called for keeping the program in place while ongoing litigation over whether to extend or end it plays out.

The program, which the Obama administration started, allows undocumented immigrants who had been brought to the United States as children to remain in the country legally as long as they obtain employment, follow all laws, and submit program-renewal applications every year. President Trump has said that he will not renew the program when it expires in two months, but Alsup ruled that Trump's decision "was based on a flawed legal premise."

California's attorney general, Xavier Becerra, praised the decision. He pledged to support efforts to protect DACA participants' legal residency in the country.

"America is and has been home to Dreamers who courageously came forward, applied for DACA and did everything the federal government asked of them," Becerra said. "They followed DACA's rules, they succeeded in school, at work and in business, and they have contributed in building a better America. We will fight at every turn for their rights and opportunities so they may continue to contribute to America."

As a result, DACA participants who did not get their statuses renewed in time by last year's deadline will still be able to apply for renewal. The program will not be able to take new applications, however.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the judge's order as "outrageous" in a statement. She noted that Trump was recently discussing DACA's future in a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress. Trump said in this meeting that he was open to whatever bipartisan deal the lawmakers came up with.