Another federal court rules in favor of DACA
Citing a lack of well-founded reasons, a federal court ruling in New York blocks the move to end DACA, as the Senate continues to debate proposed legislation for DREAMers.
On Tuesday, a New York City federal judge ruled against the Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA, becoming the second court in the country to block the presidential administration from ending the program, and enjoin the government to continue processing and accepting DACA applications.
The ruling from U.S. Judge Nicholas Garaufis said that though the Trump Administration has the power to legally end the program, the reasons for doing so must be more clearly defined than those outlined by the Trump Administration on Sept. 5, when the announcement was made that, barring Congressional legislation, DACA will become obsolete on March 5.
“Federal courts from coast to coast have now reviewed the record and reached the same conclusion: President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA was illegal," New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, one of 17 state attorney generals who were the plaintiffs in the judge’s ruling on Tuesday, said in a statement following the court’s decision.
"Today’s ruling reflects not only the illegality of the Trump Administration’s move to rescind DACA, but also the clear and demonstrable benefits DACA provides to New Yorkers across our great state,” Schneiderman went on to say in his public comment on the ruling.
— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) February 13, 2018
The court ruling seconds San Francisco Federal Judge William Alsup’s decision in January that blocked the administration’s decision to terminate the program. Justice Department lawyers are currently appealing that decision to the Supreme Court, which has yet to state if they will accept the case.
Meanwhile, lawmakers in the Senate have continued the debate on proposed DACA and immigration legislation.