Judge William Alsup has ordered the Trump Administration to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was supposed to be phased out on March 5. Late last night, California U.S. District Judge Alsup also ruled that the government must continue to accept DACA renewal applications. However, young people whom have never had DACA benefits cannot apply for the first time.
As the Associated Press reports, “DACA recipients will be allowed to stay in the U.S. for the remainder of their two-year authorizations. Any recipient whose status was due to expire within six months also got a month to apply for another two-year term.”
“Dreamers’ lives were thrown into chaos when the Trump administration tried to terminate the DACA program without obeying the law,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) said in a statement. “Today’s ruling is a huge step in the right direction.”
Hundreds of thousands of people were living in uncertainty after President Trump issued the end of program, so last night’s order by Judge Alsup was greeted with happiness on social media.
Tears of joy. #DACA termination halted NATIONWIDE by judge in California.
— Karen Tumlin (@KarenTumlin) January 10, 2018
DACA WILL CONTINUE!!!!! https://t.co/vfBbLF19dA
— Alexis Isabel (@lexi4prez) January 10, 2018
As a result of the ruling by Judge Alsup, the White House issued the following statement:
“We find this decision to be outrageous, especially in light of the President’s successful bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members at the White House on the same day. An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process. President Trump is committed to the rule of law, and will work with members of both parties to reach a permanent solution that corrects the unconstitutional actions taken by the last administration.”
In a 49-page ruling, Judge Alsup wrote; “DACA covers a class of immigrants whose presence, seemingly all agree, pose the least, if any, threat and allows them to sign up for honest labor on the condition of continued good behavior,” Alsup wrote, adding that “This has become an important program for DACA recipients and their families, for the employers who hire them, for our tax treasuries, and for our economy.”