A Federal Judge Just Dropped a Truth Bomb On Trump’s Motives To End DACA
U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup, who earlier this week ordered the reversal of President Donald Trump’s decision to end the program protecting so-called Dreamers said in a new ruling Friday that it is “plausible” that Trump shut down the program for racial reasons.
“These allegations raise a plausible inference that racial animus towards Mexicans and Latinos was a motivating factor in the decision to end DACA,” Alsup wrote, referring to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program bestowing quasi-legal status and work permits on undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children, according to Politico.
In his ruling, the Judge noted that two of the suits filed challenging the decision the Trump administration announced in September to wind-down the program cited “Trump’s anti-Mexican and anti-Latino rhetoric” during the 2016 campaign, including his description of Mexicans as rapists and of immigrants coming across the southern border as “animals.”
“Circumstantial evidence of intent, including statements by a decisionmaker, may be considered in evaluating whether government action was motivated by a discriminatory purpose,” wrote Alsup. “These statements were not about the rescission (which came later) but they still have relevance to show racial animus against people south of our border.”
On Tuesday, Alsup ruled that those challenging the wind-down of the program are likely to prevail and were therefore entitled to an injunction requiring the administration to resume accepting DACA renewals. The judge said Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ claim that the program was an illegal overreach was “based on a flawed legal premise.”
Trump trashed the decision on Twitter, although he broke with his past practice by refraining a direct public attack on the judge.
“It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts,” Trump said.
Trump’s tweet is inaccurate as Alsup does not sit on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on the latest ruling.