NEW YORK — A federal judge in Brooklyn, New York ruled Feb. 13 that President Donald Trump's administration didn't offer "legally adequate reasons" for ending a program that spared many immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. as children.
U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said in an order that the Republican president "indisputably" has the power to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but relied on flawed legal positions in doing so.
“The question before the court is thus not whether defendants could end the DACA program, but whether they offered legally adequate reasons for doing so,” wrote Garaufis, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton. “Based on its review of the record before it, the court concludes that defendants have not done so.”
Trump's attorney general Jeff Session has said that former President Barack Obama's decision to implement DACA was an unconstitutional exercise of authority.
Garaufis ruled that the Trump administration relied on an "erroneous" belief that the program was unconstitutional. His ruling mirrored one issued in San Francisco in January.
The judge ordered Trump's administration to allow people already in the DACA program to continue enjoying protections. He declined to extend the program for new applicants.
India-West adds: Earlier that morning, President Donald Trump said negotiations were underway to protected undocumented minors from deportation. “Negotiations on DACA have begun. Republicans want to make a deal and Democrats say they want to make a deal. Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle. This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity! March 5th,” tweeted the president, referring to the deadline he has given to Congress to come up with a permanent solution before the DACA rescission begins.