Federal Judge Rules That President Trump Must Restore DACA

“This represents a powerful victory against attempts to dehumanize immigrants."

On Friday, a Washington, D.C.-based federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump must fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) because his administration "inadequately explained" why it eliminated the program.

U.S. District Judge John Bates's ruling upheld his previous order for the Trump administration to revive DACA and gave them 20 days to appeal his decision. This is the third federal court to block President Trump from rescinding DACA, according to NPR.

The Obama-era program protects more than 700,000 immigrant children born in the U.S. from deportation and gives them two-year renewable work permits, per The New York Times. DACA recipients are often referred to as "Dreamers."

In his first motion in April, Bates gave Homeland Security attorneys 90 days to restore DACA and provided them an opportunity "to better explain its view that DACA is unlawful."

Bates repeated on Friday that the government "inadequately explained" its reason for rescinding the program.

"The Court has already once given DHS the opportunity to remedy these deficiencies—either by providing a coherent explanation of its legal opinion or by reissuing its decision for bona fide policy reasons that would preclude judicial review—so it will not do so again," Bates said according to NPR.

DACA will have to be fully restored by August 23 if Trump's administration fails to file a petition against the ruling.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) celebrated the turn of events with a statement.

"This represents a powerful victory against attempts to dehumanize immigrants who are law-abiding and productive residents of the United States and who were long ago brought to this country as children through no fault of their own," said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson.

Cover image via Spencer Platt/Getty Images.


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