A federal judge in NY dealt the Trump administration the second legal defeat in its effort to end Obama-era immigration protections for hundreds of thousands of people brought illegally to the U.S.as children.
The order does, however, add another federal judge's decision into the mix ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court's review of whether to take up review of a previous injunction issued out of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California late a year ago. "There is plenty of time on the table to fix this; March 5th is the deadline".
It could also complicate Trump's own efforts in the courts.
In exchange for protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation, President Trump wants to cut down on family-based immigration, or what he calls "chain migration" - a longstanding pillar of the American immigration system that allows citizens and permanent residents to bring their relatives to the United States.
Trump declared he would rescind DACA in September, claiming it was unconstitutional. It stopped accepting renewal applications altogether in December.
Under the injunctions, however, those who have been approved for DACA are eligible to keep renewing it until the courts decide otherwise. The program was first introduced by former President Barack Obama in 2012.
A federal judge in NY ruled Tuesday that the government must fully restart the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty and accept brand new applicants as well as renewals, throwing a potential wrench in the ongoing debate over the fate of "Dreamers" on Capitol Hill.
The APA is a federal law governing the promulgation and cancellation of regulations.
The house passed a budget deal that was ultimately signed by Trump to end last week's brief government shutdown without addressing the DACA program, despite Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's record-breaking speech urging party members to reject the bill in defense of the Obama-era program.
Trump was referring to a deadline he announced a year ago to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.
"DACA was implemented unilaterally after Congress declined to extend these benefits to this same group of illegal aliens", he said.
Watch the DACA-recipient's comments above. Almost 80 percent of DACA recipients are originally from Mexico, a country the president has accused of sending rapists and other criminals into the U.S. And, of course, the Trump administration is fighting to overturn the rulings and go back to rejecting applicants. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, proposed immigration legislation Sunday that would grant 1.8 million Dreamers a path to citizenship in return for a $25 billion border wall trust fund and changes to the legal immigration system. "It doesn't surprise me from Gen. Kelly", No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of IL, his party's chief immigration negotiator, said of the White House staff chief's remarks.