President Donald Trump has blasted a federal judge who temporarily blocked the administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, which protects certain immigrants from deportation.
On Tuesday evening, U.S. District Judge William Alsup granted a request by California and other states to continue the DACA program while litigation over the administration's decision plays out.
“It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts,” the president tweeted in response early on Wednesday.
It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2018
While DACA renewal applications must continue to be processed, the ruling does not require the administration to process new applications for those who have never received DACA protections before.
“These individuals had submitted substantial personal identifying information to the government, paid hefty fees and planned their lives according to the dictates of DACA,” Alsup wrote in his ruling. “The administrative record includes no consideration to the disruption a rescission would have on the lives of DACA recipients, let alone their families, employers and employees, schools and communities.”
“The agency’s decision to rescind DACA was based on a flawed legal premise,” he wrote.
The White House responded to the ruling, saying, “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,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced back in September plans to fully repeal the DACA program put in place by former President Barack Obama, which shields thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children by their parents from deportation.