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Judge Rules Against Ending DACA Program04/25 06:33

   A federal judge ruled Tuesday against the Trump administration's decision to 
end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation, calling the 
Department of Homeland Security's rationale against the program "arbitrary and 
capricious."

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday against the Trump 
administration's decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants 
from deportation, calling the Department of Homeland Security's rationale 
against the program "arbitrary and capricious."

   U.S. District Judge John D. Bates in Washington wrote that the decision to 
rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, "was 
unlawful and must be set aside."

   Bates wrote that DHS' decision "was predicated primarily on its legal 
judgment that the program was unlawful. That legal judgment was virtually 
unexplained, however, and so it cannot support the agency's decision."

   Bates gave DHS 90 days to "better explain its view that DACA is unlawful." 
If the department cannot come up with a better explanation, he wrote, it "must 
accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications."

   DACA allowed immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as 
Dreamers, to stay and work legally under renewable permits. President Donald 
Trump announced last year that he would end the program started by President 
Barack Obama. It was officially rescinded in March, but DHS is continuing to 
issue renewals because of previous court orders.

   Bates' ruling Tuesday night comes in a pair of cases whose lead plaintiffs 
are the NAACP and Princeton University. He is the third judge to rule against 
administration plans to end the program.


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