A federal judge in California issued a nationwide preliminary injunction Tuesday blocking the Trump administration’s decision to phase out a program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation.
The injunction by U.S. District Judge William Alsup says those protections must remain in place for nearly 690,000 immigrants already in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while a legal challenge to ending the Obama-era program proceeds.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision to terminate the program on Sept. 5 and said no renewal applications would be accepted after Oct. 5. Under the administration’s plan, permits that expired starting March 5 could not be renewed.
But Alsup ruled that while the lawsuit is pending, anyone who had DACA status when the program was rescinded Sept. 5 can renew it, officials said.
The state of California filed the lawsuit, arguing that the Trump administration failed to follow the law in rescinding DACA and would cause irreparable harm to the state by forcing immigrants to leave jobs, drop out of school or potentially be deported.
Califonia is home to the largest group of DACA recipients, some 200,000 people.
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