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Federal Judge Rules Against Trump’s Move to End DACA

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates ruled against the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The judge warned that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) failed to “adequately explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful.”

The administration has 90 days to justify its case. Should DHS fail to do so, it “must accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications.”

In response, Maria Teresa Kumar, Voto Latino President and CEO, issued the following statement:

“This week’s ruling marks the third time the Trump Administration has lost their DACA case in court. It confirms yet again that ending DACA in this fashion is unlawful.

DACA extends protections for 800,000 innocent young people who contribute tremendously to our communities and our nation’s economy. They are teachers, soldiers, doctors, lawyers, and engineers. More importantly, Dreamers are someone’s son and daughter. They are someone’s brother and sister. It is cruel and inhumane to inflict further mental trauma on kids who are terrorized daily by the possibility of being separated from their family.

Nearly 80 percent of Americans support providing Dreamers the opportunity to remain in the U.S. permanently. While we celebrate Tuesday’s victory, we must continue to urge Congress to pass a permanent bipartisan solution. Our immigrant youth who’ve done everything to do right by the law, deserve the right to live without fear, rather than be forced to live in limbo between court cases. We must pass the Dream Act. We encourage Speaker Paul Ryan to bring one of the various bipartisan bills to the floor now. It’s the right, moral and just thing to do.”