Clinton Appointed Judge Blocks Trump on DACA
by Robert Gehl
A judge appointed by President Bill Clinton temporarily blocked the Trump Administration’s plan to end the Obama-Era DACA program for illegal immigrants.
Trump’s plan – if not changed by Congress – would end the program that essentially granted amnesty for hundreds of thousands of children and minors who came to the country illegally as children.
With his decision, The Los Angeles Times reports, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco granted a request by California and other states to stop the administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, at least until lawsuits can play out in court.
Of course, this will increase the pressure for Congress to find a permanent fix for immigration, especially the touchy subject of innocent children and whether or not they should be punished for their parents’ crimes.
Alsup was appointed to the US District Court for the Northern District of California by Bill Clinton in 1999.
Back in September, President Trump announced that they were shutting down the DACA program on March 5. The decision was based on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ opinion that Obama went beyond his legal authority in setting up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
That legal opinion was incorrect, the judge said, calling it “a flawed legal premise.” He cited decades of previous actions by immigration authorities to provide temporary relief to groups of people who had violated immigration law.
“DACA was and remains a lawful exercise of authority” by immigration officials, wrote Alsup, an appointee of President Clinton.
Because the decision to abandon the program was based on Sessions’ incorrect reading of the law, it “must be set aside,” he wrote.
“In terminating DACA,” the administration “failed to address the 689,800 young people who had come to rely on DACA to live and to work in this country. These individuals had submitted substantial personal identifying information to the government, paid hefty fees, and planned their lives according to the dictates of DACA,” the judge wrote.
The DACA recipients would suffer irreparable harm if the program is allowed to end, the judge claimed, saying the move “would tear authorized workers from our nation’s economy and would prejudice their being able to support themselves and their families, not to mention paying taxes to support our nation.”
In a statement, Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said the judge’s “order doesn’t change the Department of Justice’s position on the facts: DACA was implemented unilaterally after Congress declined to extend these benefits to this same group of illegal aliens…. The Department of Homeland Security therefore acted within its lawful authority in deciding to wind down DACA in an orderly manner.”
On Tuesday, Trump convened 20 lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle to negotiate a comprehensive immigration deal. The freewheeling session didn’t result in a deal, but both sides agreed they wanted to deal positively with the DACA Issue. President Trump said he wanted to sign a “bill of love.”
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