A second federal judge has issued an injunction barring the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program while litigation plays out in courts.
U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton, wrote in a court order Tuesday in New York City that the administration could not rescind the Obama-era program “pending a decision on the merits of these cases.”
“Defendants thus must continue processing both initial DACA applications and DACA renewal requests under the same terms and conditions that applied before September 5, 2017, subject to the limitations described below,” he wrote.
The U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment.
The New York ruling is similar to one issued last month by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who ordered the administration to continue processing DACA applications.
Shortly after that order, the Trump administration formally asked the Supreme Court to review the lower court’s decision. The justices have yet to decide whether to hear the case.
President Trump announced in September that he would rescind the program, which temporarily shields immigrants brought to the country as children illegally — known as “Dreamers” — from deportation.
But Trump gave lawmakers until March 5 to pass legislation enshrining the program’s protections into law. Lawmakers have scrambled in recent weeks to reach a deal on DACA before the deadline.
“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 (D) at the time.
He called the court intervention a “huge step in the right direction.”