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Judge Rules To Reinstate DACA While Lawmakers Negotiate On Camera

by Countable | 1.10.18

What’s the story?

The debate over the fate of so-called Dreamers, those immigrants brought to the U.S. as children previously protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, took a new turn when a federal judge in San Francisco ruled late Tuesday that the program must be reinstated while court battles over its repeal wind their way through the courts.

The New York Times reports that the injunction states that participants in the program must be allowed to renew their protected status, though the federal government is not required to admit any new participants who had not previously applied for DACA status.

The administration is expected to appeal the injunction.

The injunction came late on the same day that a bipartisan group of lawmakers and the president gathered at the White House for a rare, on-camera meeting seeking to find a way forward on a permanent legislative answer for the Dreamers.

On Wednesday morning, White House Legislative Director Marc Short spoke with NPR’s Morning Edition about the judge’s decision, asserting that it did not remove the necessity of a legislative decision to be made by Congress, and that the president was committed to helping them make a deal.

The administration seeks, along with Republican lawmakers, to find a compromise that protects dreamers and also provides funding for a border wall, as well as the elimination of so-called "chain migration" and the visa lottery. Democrats seek a “clean” DACA bill, which just protects Dreamers.

What do you think?

Do you think the injunction is a good thing, or not? Do you think compromise legislation is the answer to move this conversation forward, or is a clean DACA bill the only option?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen via Wikipedia / Creative Commons)

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  • Diane
    01/10/2018
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    A clean DACA bill is the only option. We can’t have DACA held hostage to a useless and environmentally destructive border wall while our important infrastructure crumbles and goes unrepaired/unfunded.

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  • John
    01/10/2018
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    Yes I support the injunction. We want a clean, simple bill in support of Dreamers.

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  • UnapologeticallyAmerican
    01/10/2018
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    When it comes to immigration, the compassionate thing is to end the lawlessness, enforce our laws, and if Congress chooses to make changes to those laws, do so through the process set forth by our Founders in a way that advances the interests of the nation.

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  • Poli.Sci
    01/10/2018
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    I’m sorry, but the Judicial system does not rule this country. When the Executive originally created DACA, the Executive overreached its original duties. Now, in an attempt to enforce an actual immigration system, the Judicial System sees fit to overreach on its own prerogative. DACA is Unconstitutional because it bends the rules of immigration policy that are not law. No system can withhold the abandonment of an Executive Order because it is not policy. The Dream Act has not been passed and DACA is an executive order created by Obama. NO ONE gets a free pass to the frontline of the immigration system merely because they were minors and live in the country ILLEGALLY. If I were to be in a foreign country illegally, I’d get deported regardless of age. Do the same here, it’s not the Land of Open Borders, it’s the Land of the Free and in order to fit into that society, you first must be a citizen or here on a Visa.

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  • Jonathon
    01/10/2018
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    Why are lawmakers and judges putting illegals before U.S citizens? Not a single person can answer that? It’s for votes that’s it. Plain and simple.

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  • Susan
    01/10/2018
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    It’s about time. They did the right thing.

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  • RickEberhardt
    01/10/2018
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    DACA was passed without congressional approval why does it take congressional approval to end it? Nobody stopped Obama why all the interference when Trump does what he does?

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  • Christopher
    01/10/2018
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    Congress just needs to get their act together and provide an exception for those in the DACA program to enter the citizenship process. Also, the Liberal CA federal judges need to keep their nose out of the executive orders. If one created DACA, on can take it away.

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  • BeStrong
    01/10/2018
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    Thank you Federal Judge out of San Francisco. This is the right thing to do. And as far as the continued ‘on camera’ legislating, yesterday was...amusing. “... Clean bill ... um er...I mean...ur um...what she said...”. It’s breath taking to see Mr Trump at work😳

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  • Christopher
    01/31/2018
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    As your constituent, I urge you to take action on this issue. It is incredibly important to me and I will not forget your stance. End daca and send them back. Fix America first. They were let in illegally.. They are illegal and a drain on American resources that should be used on Americans. The free ride is over.

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  • Sheryl
    01/14/2018
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    Realistically, not ALL DACA’s will be the type of person we want in the US. Each should be considered on a case-by-case basis. Otherwise it’s like buying a truckload of apples without inspecting quality first. DACA status does NOT equal good US immigrant.

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  • Jesse
    01/10/2018
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    I support a clan bill to support the dreamers

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  • Countryfirst
    01/10/2018
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    The president is a babbling idiot..yes to whoever speaks last..let's hope clean DACA is what he hears!!

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  • Jim
    01/11/2018
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    Executive orders are signed and repealed by The President, not a federal judge.

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  • Jerry
    01/11/2018
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    When this ruling goes before higher court the decision will be reversed!

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  • Daryl
    01/11/2018
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    Considering Obama even said he did not have the Constitutional Authority to grant DACA, how can a judge grant an injunction on something that was not technically legal to begin with?

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  • Jack
    01/11/2018
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    There are 4 States on the Southern border. California gets to build a "W", Arizona gets to build an "A", New Mexico and Texas each get to build an "L". Bingo, the border WALL.

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  • Sarah
    01/11/2018
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    Trump breaks his contracts, he has no trouble backing out of a deal, betraying those he promised to honor, and reneging on his word. The United States government should not be so cavalier. Agreements made with children who were brought to this country through no fault of their own, should not be yanked back. Honor promises made to these dreamers. Ours is a nation built on immigration and the American dream. One racist president cannot change that. Please stand on the right side of this and honor our nation’s history and ideology above the hateful rhetoric and partisan lobbying. P.S. if you can’t see fit to do it because it is right, do it because every one of those dreamers works harder than trump, and presumably could also summon up more than every fifth word to our national anthem. Thanks a bunch.

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  • Shari
    01/12/2018
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    Recipients of DACA are valuable contributing members of our society. These are the people we want here and they know no place else as their home. Pass a clean DREAM act now.

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  • Sherri
    01/11/2018
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    I support a clean DACA bill. That idiotic wall would be a waste of our tax dollars. There are much more urgent needs, like rebuilding our infrastructure, preparing our coastal cities for the effects of climate change, aiding Puerto Rico, healthcare for everyone, education. I could go on, cuz our country already needed to change it’s priorities away from funding war, and start investing in improving life for all of us. Now that Trump is president and republicans are running things, they are working as fast as they can to undo every good thing about our country. It’s almost as if a foreign power has taken over our government.

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