Judge blocks Trump’s decision to end DACA

San Francisco (Reuters): Federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from ending a program that protected hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

Judge William Alsup also said the administration must resume receiving DACA renewal applications.

But the ruling is limited — the administration does not need to process applications for those who have never before received DACA protections, he said.

As a result, DACA recipients who failed to renew their status by last year’s deadline will have a chance to submit renewal applications. The decision does not, however, allow new applications to be submitted.

“Dreamers’ lives were thrown into chaos when the Trump Administration tried to terminate the DACA program without obeying the law,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, referring to DACA recipients. “Today’s ruling is a huge step in the right direction.”

The Trump administration could appeal the ruling, which could then be appealed to the US supreme court.

Representatives for the White House, the department of justice and the department of homeland security could not be reached immediately for comment.

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