US judge blocks Trump immigrant programme move

11 January, 2018 12:00 AM printer

WASHINGTON: A US judge late Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump from ending an Obama-era programme that protected from deportation migrants who entered America illegally as children, reports AFP.

The ruling came hours after Trump presided over a high-profile White House meeting with lawmakers from both parties on the fate of so-called Dreamers.

Judge William Alsup in San Francisco issued his 49-page ruling ordering the administration to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known popularly as DACA.

The government is “HEREBY ORDERED AND ENJOINED, pending final judgment herein or other order, to maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the rescission,” he wrote.

Alsup said the Department of Justice’s view that the program was illegal was based on a “flawed legal premise.”

Unless his order is overturned by a higher court, DACA recipients will now be eligible to submit renewal applications and the government will be required to “post reasonable public notice” that the program is once again active.

The so-called Dreamers were protected from deportation under the policy enacted in 2012 during Barack Obama’s presidency.