A USA appeals court in California has ruled that President Donald Trump's administration must continue an Obama-era programme shielding young immigrants from deportation.
A three-judge panel of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, ruled unanimously in favor of a lower court's preliminary injunction against the administration's attempt to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Trump previous year decried the 9th Circuit's "ridiculous" ruling on the travel ban, and said that court has "a bad record of being overturned" by the Supreme Court - an often-made charge that the 9th Circuit's chief judge took issue with in congressional testimony.More news: Australia launches $1.5 bln Pacific fund to counter China’s influence
That means the justices could announce whether they'll take up the case as soon as mid-January, says Ashima Duggal, an immigration lawyer based in Silicon Valley.
Following Trump's announcement in September 2017 of the plan to end DACA, the Reform movement's Religious Action Center called on him to reconsider.
DACA has protected 700,000 people who were brought to the USA illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the administration cut corners and gave an unconvincing explanation of why it thought it had to phase out the DACA program.More news: Salem’s Satanic Temple sues Netflix for $150 million
United States Department of Homeland Security, et al., a legal challenge to the Trump Administration's illegal rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Trump proposed terminating it previous year in hopes of prodding Congress to act. The three-judge panel supported past decisions that required the Trump administration continue accepting applications and renewals. Then, on November 2, the Supreme Court declined to stop the lawsuit but told the Trump administration that the government can still petition a lower court to dismiss the case as the government had asked the high court to do. Trump's action sparked an outcry from immigration advocates, business groups, colleges and some religious leaders.
The 9th Circuit has handed him defeats on his travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries and his bid to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperation on immigration enforcement.
Lawsuits both challenging and supporting Trump's decision to end DACA have been working their way through the courts, making it likely the issue will wind up in front of the Supreme Court.
Judge Jacqueline Nguyen questioned the government's contention that a DACA decision was beyond the authority of the court.More news: United Kingdom minister quits over ‘terrible mistake’ of proposed Brexit deal
Doan added while Thursday's ruling was a win for the UC, Congress must enact permanent protections for DACA recipients including a path to citizenship, so students will not have to worry about their futures. Instead, lower courts are examining how the administration made its decision to end DACA.