Federal Judge John Bates has ruled that the administration’s reasons for ending the DACA program are unfounded and that it must fully reinstate the program.
Bates’ ruling is the third such decision against the Trump administration as it attempts to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Bates also declined to vacate his previous ruling that administration’s explanation for the repeal of the program was “arbitrary and capricious.”
The administration now has 20 days to appeal the decision.
This decision sets the stage for a potential legal loggerhead as two conflicting decisions are set to come into effect by the end of the month.
On the one hand, Bates’ decision supports the total reinstatement of the DACA program, while another judge appears to be gearing up to side with the state of Texas in its lawsuit to repeal DACA, which they claim is unconstitutional.
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