A federal judge has ordered that DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, be reinstated by the federal government less than a year after President Trump’s controversial attempt to shut down it down. While a previous ruling ordered the government to continue processing renewals for those already enrolled in the DACA program, Judge John Bates decision took things a step further ⏤ he said the government must begin accepting new applicants as well.
DACA was created by the Obama administration in 2012 to help protect undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from the threat of deportation. Trump tried to end the program last September, hoping to shut it down by March 5. Several judges, however, have found Trump’s actions lacked any real legal justification.
According to the Economist, Judge Bates based his ruling on the Administrative Procedure Act, which is “a federal law that sets protocols for agencies when they adopt a new rule or abandon an old one.” Bates noted that the reasoning Trump cited for ending DACA, which was mostly based on the idea that the program was unconstitutional, was unsatisfactory and lacked merit. Now, Trump will have 90 days to come up with an adequate defense of his plan to cancel DACA or the program will be permanently reinstated.
This is hardly the first time Trump has found himself on the hot seat for his strong stance against illegal immigration. As President, he’s made immigration one of the top priorities for his administration, resulting in a notable increase in arrests and deportations of illegal immigrants by law enforcement, specifically, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Many people have criticized ICE’s tactics, however, as the agency has often made headlines for targeting nonviolent undocumented immigrants and separating families.