DACA removal suspended?

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       A Californian judge recently blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to remove the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.

       The judge, William Alsup, also told the administration that they must continue to accept DACA renewal applications. However, for those who haven’t received DACA protections before, the administration does not have to process these applications.

       The Trump administration announced to remove the DACA program last September with a plan to have it gone by early March.

        DACA protected young, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation.

       The White House called the decision, “outrageous”.  While Trump and the administration spoke out about how unfair the justice system really is.

      “Trump will always be this unfair and stingy, he doesn’t really care for the people who make up the country that he “rules,” I think DACA should stay because it’s not unfair,” said Priscila Chavez (‘19).

      The judge said a nationwide injunction was “appropriate”  due to the country’s immigration laws and policies.

      In response to the ruling by Alsup, the Department of Justice questioned the legality of DACA, calling it “an unlawful circumvention of Congress.” Department of Justice spokesman, Devin O’Malley, said that the Department of Homeland Security  “acted within its lawful authority in deciding to wind down DACA in an orderly manner” and implied that legal battles within this issue, aren’t over yet.

      California’s Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, said that the ruling was “a step in the right direction”. Becerra, including other attorney generals, filed suit against the federal government for intending to end DACA, maintaining that it cause harm to DACA recipients.  

     “Unfortunately, even with this decision, fear and uncertainty persist for DACA recipients,” said Janet Napolitano, president of the Secretary of Homeland Security in 2012, who established DACA.

      Although the suspension of the removal for DACA is a relief to some, many know that it is only a relief given to the DACA recipients by one federal district judge.

      Karen Tumlin, legal director of the National Immigration Law Center, which advocates for rights of immigrants, said in a tweet: “If we’ve learned anything from the Muslim Ban cases this year, it’s that today’s victories can be stymied tomorrow. Legal battles are important but can be long & winding. Dreamers deserve permanence they can count on, not legal thrillers. Congress needs to bring that home.”

      “I think DACA is a great program for undocumented students who want an education and I believe that they should get a chance to continue that,” said Yasmin Vizguerra (‘20).