A judge has ruled that protections for some undocumented young adult immigrants must stay in place and that the government must also resume accepting new applications.
The federal judge ruled that the Trump administration’s decision to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program was based on the “virtually unexplained” grounds that the program was “unlawful.”
Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has railed against the program’s end for months. She said a month ago Congress passed a bill that allowed the program to continue and, in exchange, provided funding for increased border security and partial funding of a wall at the Mexico border, “And it was pretty popular but then the administration didn’t like that deal so now these court cases are continuing.”
Klobuchar said most of those enrolled in the DACA program were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents when they were elementary school age and, “You really don’t want to deport people who are in school and working and a part of our life.”
It’s an especially important program, Klobuchar said, to some segments of the rural Minnesota economy with, “Some of the immigrant labor that we have on the farms and in manufacturing…the farmers and the manufacturing people I’ve talked to said, ‘We can’t really get by if we don’t have some of this labor. We want to make sure it’s legal.’ Which they do, Dreamers are legal.”
The judge stayed his decision for 90 days and gave the Department of Homeland Security a chance to better explain why the program was halted. If the department fails to do so, the decision says the department, “Must accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications.”