US appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigration programme

US appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigration programme

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday chose to keep in place an injunction blocking Trump's decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

The ruling represented another legal defeat for Mr Trump over DACA, although he has won court victories on other parts of his hardline immigration policies.

Mr Trump said on yesterday that he saw potential to work with Democrats, who won control of the House of Representatives this week, but he would have to see how the Supreme Court rules on the issue.

That means the justices could announce whether they'll take up the case as soon as mid-January, says Ashima Duggal, an immigration lawyer based in Silicon Valley.

DACA, which was created under the Obama administration through executive order, gives some illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children the opportunity to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit.

Although the 9th Circuit's ruling went against the government, the decision likely helped the government's cause at the Supreme Court, because the justices rarely grant petitions for review before the courts of appeals have ruled; the justices prefer to have the benefit of those courts' opinions, even if they often do not follow them. He instead wants lawmakers to approve a permanent fix to the dreamer issue in a bill that also includes funding for the proposed wall on the US border with Mexico, along with terminating chain migration and the draft lottery program.

The ruling stems from a lawsuit brought by the University of California, the states of California, Maine, Maryland and Minnesota and others challenging Trump's move to end Daca. Trump proposed terminating it past year in hopes of prodding Congress to act.

The administration had been impatiently awaiting the 9th Circuit's decision on DACA, after oral arguments last spring.

In response, many lawsuits were filed across the US including one in California. Today's decision exemplifies the importance of the courts in protecting our rights and reminds us why we must continue to fight against President Trump's efforts to stack the courts with narrow-minded elitists pursuing a right-wing ideology.

Doan added while Thursday's ruling was a win for the UC, Congress must enact permanent protections for DACA recipients including a path to citizenship, so students will not have to worry about their futures. It sent a letter to the circuit last month, saying that if the decision was not handed down by October 31, it would ask the Supreme Court to take up the issue.