Donald Trump’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been blocked by a second Federal Judge on Tuesday.
New York-based U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton, wrote in a court order Tuesday stating that the Trump administration could not rescind the Obama-era program “pending a decision on the merits of these cases.”
“Defendants thus must continue processing both initial DACA applications and DACA renewal requests under the same terms and conditions that applied before September 5, 2017, subject to the limitations described below,” he wrote.
The New York Judge’s ruling means the administration must continue to process DACA applications, which is a similar ruling to the one issued last month by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge William Alsup
Trump announced in September of last year that he would be doing away with the DACA program and gave lawmakers a March 5th deadline to pass legislation to protect Dreamers from deportation.
Lawmakers have struggled to come up with a deal on DACA before the deadline.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) celebrated Judge Nicholas Garaufis’ ruling as a victory for the more than 42,000 DACA recipients living in the state.
“Federal courts from coast to coast have now reviewed the record and reached the same conclusion: President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA was illegal,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
“Today’s ruling reflects not only the illegality of the Trump Administration’s move to rescind DACA, but also the clear and demonstrable benefits DACA provides to New Yorkers across our great state.”