U.S. Federal District Judge William Alsup based in California issued an order on Tuesday stating that 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program that was ended by the Trump Administration last year must continue to be protected. The order states that DACA recipients who were registered at the date the program was ended (September 5, 2017) must be allowed to file for an extension. DACA is an Obama Administration program that allowed young undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children to work and live in the U.S. temporarily.
The order further stated that plaintiffs of the lawsuit are likely to succeed. The lawsuit was filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra; Attorneys General for Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota; University of California; and DACA recipients. The order further stated that the Trump Administration acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner in ending the DACA that will result in irreparable to the recipients as well as cause the loss of jobs, companies losing employees, and universities losing students. The White House intends to appeal Judge Alsup’s order.