A US judge has stopped US president Donald Trump from ending an Obama administration program which conferred legal status upon children of illegal immigrants
.District judge William Asulp ruled on January 10, 2018, in San Francisco that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should be reinstated by the government until a final judgement is passed in the matter. In the 49 page ruling, it was stated that the government is “HEREBY ORDERED AND ENJOINED, pending final judgment herein or other order, to maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the rescission.”
The DACA program authorised by President Barack Obama in 2012 assured protection from deportation to the children who had entered the country as illegal immigrants. The program permitted nearly 80,000 individuals to work and seek education in the US. In September 2017, the Trump administration had decided to revoke the program thus putting at risk thousands of young immigrants who were known as “dreamers”.
Trump and the congressional leaders are currently embroiled in a tense discussion to decide the fate of the so-called Dreamers. He has indicated that he is open to more comprehensive reforms regarding the illegal immigrants if the Democrats were willing to consider the border security matter, including the construction of a wall along the Mexican border.
Sources – TOI, The Guardian