A federal judge in San Francisco ordered the administration to resume accepting renewal applications from existing DACA enrollees
A federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday night ordered the Trump administration to partially revive the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, finding that challengers to the administration’s decision to end the program were likely to succeed on their claims that President Trump’s move was “arbitrary and capricious.”
The Obama-era program, which Trump moved to end in September, had provided protection against deportation for nearly 800,000 young undocumented people brought to the country as children.
Under the order from US District Judge William Alsup, the Trump administration must resume accepting renewal applications from individuals who were already enrolled in the program. Alsup did not order the administration to accept new applications, however, writing that the plaintiffs had only shown that existing recipients were likely to suffer “irreparable harm” absent immediate intervention from the court.
Trump on Tuesday continued negotiations with congressional leaders about a possible deal to revive the program’s protections ahead of a March deadline, potentially in exchange for tighter border security. The Justice Department is likely to appeal Alsup’s decision.
Trump’s earlier statements in support of the DACA program ended up hurting the government’s case in court. In finding that it was in the public’s interest to at least partially continue the program for now, the judge cited tweets from Trump that appeared to express support for DACA’s goals, including a Sept. 14 tweet, just over a week after Trump announced the process to end the program, that read, “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?