White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday hit back at a ruling from a federal judge in Washington, D.C., who said the Trump administration must continue the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and open it to new applicants.
“The DACA program violates federal law. President Obama went around Congress and created the illegal DACA program,” Sanders told the press at her daily press briefing. “We believe the judge’s ruling is extraordinarily broad and wrong on the law.
“What’s worse is that it creates an incentive for more illegal immigrant youth to come here and causes them to expect similar judicial policies be applied to them. This ruling is good news for smuggling organizations and criminal networks and horrible news for our national security,” she continued. “It’s time for Congress to do what the president has called on them to do and offer to be part of and actually fix this problem.”
A reporter pressed Sanders on whether the administration stands behind the statement it released previously, which said it was ending DACA because of the threat of lawsuits from Republican attorneys general.
“That was certainly a big part of us knowing that this is an illegal program and something that Congress has the ability to actually create laws, and they’re the ones that have to be part of this process and fix this problem.”
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U.S. District Judge John D. Bates ruled Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s decision to end the DACA program was “arbitrary and capricious” because the administration failed in explaining its view that the program was unlawful.
According to the ruling, the Department of Homeland Security will have 90 days to provide a solid reason for ending the program or will be forced to reopen applications and continue DACA.
Bates is the third judge to rule against the president’s decision to rescind DACA.