April 25, 2018

Judge orders Trump administration to reinstate DACA program in its entirety / JUEZ ORDENA A TRUMP RESTITUIR EL PROGRAMA DACA EN SU TOTALIDAD

A third federal judge on Tuesday ruled against the Trump administration's campaign to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for undocumented immigrants, ordering the administration not only to continue processing applications but also to resume accepting new ones.
U.S. District Judge John Bates of the District of Columbia was withering in his 60-page ruling, calling the administration's attempts to end the program, known as DACA, "arbitrary," "capricious," "virtually unexplained" and "unlawful." Credit: NbcNews

JUEZ ORDENA A TRUMP RESTITUIR EL PROGRAMA DACA EN SU TOTALIDAD

Un tercer juez federal falló el martes contra la campaña de la administración Trump para poner fin al programa de acción diferida para arribos infantiles para inmigrantes indocumentados, ordenando a la administración no solo continuar procesando solicitudes sino también reanudar la aceptación de otras nuevas. El juez de distrito de los Estados Unidos John Bates del Distrito de Columbia se estaba debilitando en su fallo de 60 páginas, llamando a los intentos de la administración para terminar el programa, conocido como DACA, "arbitrario", "caprichoso", "virtualmente inexplicado" e "ilegal".

Bates stayed the ruling for 90 days to give the Department of Homeland Security time to come up with better arguments for scrapping the program. If it doesn't, he wrote, he will enter an order reinstating DACA in its entirety.
DACA allows children of illegal immigrants to remain in the United States if they were under 16 when their parents brought them into the country and if they arrived by 2007. Those given DACA status must renew it every two years.
The Trump administration had sought to phase out the program starting last month, but two previous federal rulings stalled its efforts. Neither of those rulings — by judges in New York and San Francisco — ordered the government to resume accepting new applications for protection under DACA, making Bates' ruling the strongest one so far.
"Each day that the agency delays is a day that aliens who might otherwise be eligible for initial grants of DACA benefits are exposed to removal because of an unlawful agency action," Bates wrote.
In February, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the administration's appeal of the San Francisco ruling.
administration's appeal of the San Francisco ruling.

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Bates suspendió el fallo durante 90 días para dar tiempo al Departamento de Seguridad Nacional para que presente mejores argumentos para eliminar el programa. Si no lo hace, escribió, ingresará una orden restableciendo DACA en su totalidad.DACA permite que los hijos de inmigrantes ilegales permanezcan en los Estados Unidos si tenían menos de 16 años cuando sus padres los trajeron al país y si llegaron en 2007. Los que tienen el estado DACA deben renovarlo cada dos años.La administración de Trump había intentado eliminar el programa a partir del mes pasado, pero dos fallos federales anteriores paralizaron sus esfuerzos. Ninguno de esos fallos, por parte de los jueces en Nueva York y San Francisco, ordenó al gobierno que reanude la aceptación de nuevas solicitudes de protección bajo DACA, por lo que el fallo de Bates es el más firme hasta el momento."Cada día que la agencia demora es un día que los extranjeros que de otra manera serían elegibles para las concesiones iniciales de los beneficios de DACA están expuestos a la expulsión debido a una acción de la agencia ilegal", escribió Bates.En febrero, el Tribunal Supremo de los EE. UU. Se negó a escuchar la apelación de la administración del fallo de San Francisco.
In his ruling, Bates said the administration failed to give a sufficient reason for moving to cancel the program last fall, finding that a letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered "scant legal reasoning" and failed to cite any federal law with which DACA was in conflict.
The government did no better, the judge said, by saying that keeping the program going would probably face a legal challenge from states opposed to it.
Bates gave both sides until July 27 to file a joint report "stating whether DHS has issued a new decision rescinding DACA and whether the parties contemplate the need for further proceedings in this case."
It wasn't clear whether the Justice Department could immediately appeal the ruling, given that Bates contemplates further proceedings.
The decision was issued the night before the Supreme Court is to hear courtroom arguments on one of the centerpieces of the Trump administration's immigration policy — the proclamation restricting travel from mostly Muslim countries, better known as the "travel ban."
The American Civil Liberties Union, one of the plaintiffs in the two cases that Bates reviewed, called the ruling "a huge blow to the Trump administration's bottom line."
"DACA is constitutional, deal with it," the ACLU said.

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