U.S. District Judge John D. Bates ruled yesterday that the federal government’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful due to a lack of sufficient evidence supporting its repeal.
Bates has given the current administration 90 days to provide clearer reasoning to support the decision.
The judge also ruled that until the administration is able to provide compelling reasons for the program’s repeal, the government must reopen the program and resume accepting renewal applications as well as new applications.
“DACA’s rescission was arbitrary and capricious because the Department failed
adequately to explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful.” – Judge Bates
This is the third time that the repeal of DACA has been shot down by the courts.
The White House was understandably frustrated by the decision.
“[The decision] creates an incentive for more illegal immigrant youth to come here and causes them to expect similar judicial policies be applied to them.” – Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Bates is the first Republican judge to rule against the decision.
“Each day that the agency delays is a day that aliens who might otherwise be eligible for initial grants of DACA benefits are exposed to removal because of an unlawful agency action,” – Judge Bates
Although the administration is expected to appeal Judge Bates’ decision, the White House has been left with fewer legal options after the Supreme Court chose not to hear an important case relating to DACA in January.
Hopefully this marks the end of the president’s war on Dreamers.