ADL Welcomes Federal Court Decision Temporarily Blocking Decision to End DACA

New York, NY, January 10, 2018…The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed a federal court order in San Francisco temporarily blocking nationwide enforcement of the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

In The Regents of the University of California v. United States Department of Homeland Security, Judge William Alsup found that the Administration’s action to rescind DACA was “not in accordance with law” because it was based on a “flawed legal premise” that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lacked authority to implement DACA. Additionally the court recognized the significant harm this decision would have on hundreds of thousands of residents and families, as well as on our nation’s economy without relief from the court. The court ordered that anyone who had DACA status when the program was rescinded on September 5 can renew it while the lawsuit is pending, temporarily protecting from deportation nearly 690,000 young immigrants in the DACA program.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, issued the following statement:

Judge Alsup rightfully confirmed that President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA was not only arbitrary and the wrong thing to do, but it was also likely unlawful. We welcome the decision to halt implementation of this cruel action and temporarily shield some young DACA recipients from deportation. But the lives of these hundreds of thousands of young immigrants continue to hang in the balance without a permanent solution. It is Congress’s turn to act. We need legislative action on a clean Dream Act now. We are urging Senate and House leadership to address this priority now – as part of any deal on raising budget limits or providing further government funding.

ADL has vigorously challenged the President’s decision to end DACA in the courts and Congress. ADL recently joined an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York supporting a separate lawsuit filed by 16 Attorneys General challenging the decision to rescind DACA. ADL also previously denounced President Trump’s decision to repeal DACA and continues to work actively for the passage of a clean Dream Act.

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