Tuesday night, a Federal judge in California ruled to temporarily block the Trump administration's abrupt efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Back in September, Donald Trump announced plans to end DACA, a program that grants legal work status to undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children. Of course, this would be one of Trump's greatest concerns as it is an Obama-era implementation, and the Trump administration has made it clear they aim to dismantle anything that Obama oversaw. The decision was met with outrage and protest.
According to NBC News, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) rescinding of DACA in September included that it would stop accepting applications from people already covered under the act to renew their two-year DACA permit with the repeal set to take effect in March.
However, Judge William Alsup ruled that the administration must resume receiving DACA renewal applications, a challenge to the DHS brought by the University of California and others, according to CNN. The decision came only a few hours after a bipartisan meeting between President Donald Trump and members of Congress on DACA and border security
The downside of the ruling is that it is limited, meaning that the administration does not need to process applications for those who have never before received DACA protections.
"Unfortunately, even with this decision, fear and uncertainty persist for DACA recipients," said Janet Napolitano, president of the UC school system. She is also the former Secretary of Homeland Security in 2012 who established DACA.
The Trump administration continues to fight against being on the same side of history as the dreamers as the Department of Justice said the decision doesn’t change its view that the program was an illegal circumvention of Congress.
"The Justice Department will continue to vigorously defend this position, and looks forward to vindicating its position in further litigation,” spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement to the Associated Press.
Trump tweeted Tuesday night that an $18 billion wall he has talked about since his campaign must be apart of any future DACA approval.
As I made very clear today, our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2018
While we will have to see how long-term rulings play out with DACA, we are thankful that there is this bit of hope for the Dreamers.