Donald Trump’s plans to end protections against the deportation of thousands of undocumented youth received a new blow on Tuesday.
A district judge in the state of Washington ordered that the United States government must reactivate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Judge John Bates gave 90 days for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to explain the reasons why they considered DACA illegal and why should the program be eliminated.
DACA, whose elimination is a promise of Trump’s campaign, was created in the era of Barack Obama to protect immigrants who entered the country illegally during their childhood.
Bates considered that the government’s decision to end DACA was made without explanations or justifications, and therefore considered it “arbitrary”, “capricious” and “illegal”.
According to the judge’s disposition, if the immigration authorities do not present relevant news, after the deadline, the government “must accept and process new requests for DACA, as well as renewals”
Bates is the third judge to fail against the White House’s attempts to end DACA: before it was done by other federal judges in California and New York, who blocked the end of the renewal in those states and ordered the renewal of permits. work for immigrants enrolled in the program.
However, Bates’ decision went further, threatening the full reopening of the program if the government does not present a convincing explanation for its elimination.