A federal judge has handed down a decisive ruling against President Trump late Tuesday, overturning his clumsy attempt to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), known better as the DREAMers program.
“Judge John D. Bates of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia said the government’s decision to end the program was predicated on the ‘virtually unexplained’ grounds that the program was ‘unlawful,’ the New York Times reported.
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Judge Bates’ ruling included an explicit, unequivocal rebuke of Trump’s decision to kill the popular program and ordered the administration to resume its obligation to “accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications.”
“This decision verifies the Trump administration failed to prove the DACA program is illegal,” Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum, told The Times. “Either President Trump finds another way to end the program, tossing hundreds of thousands of young people into deportation proceedings, or he works with Republicans and Democrats to find a legislative solution that secures our border and ensures DREAMers continue contributing to our economy.”
President Trump has tried to have it both ways on DACA. Despite unilaterally canceling the Obama-era program by executive order in September of 2017, he’s also said he wants Congress to come up with a permanent, legislative solution that would allow DREAMers to stay in this country legally.
He’s even tried to pin DACA’s demise on Democrats, criticizing them every chance he got for refusing to accept a border wall or some other preposterous item on Trump’s alt-right inspired agenda as a condition to reinstating it.
But that was all a ploy. He’s promised his base all along that DACA would be nixed. He even included that promise in his infamous speech at Trump Tower that launched his campaign in 2015, telling supporters, “I will immediately terminate President Obama’s illegal executive order on immigration, immediately.”
Now a federal judge has overturned his executive order, handing him and his racist, xenophobic minions an embarrassing defeat.