In yet another setback for the Trump administration’s attempts to shutter the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of Federal District Court in Brooklyn issued a nationwide injunction on Tuesday, temporarily blocking the President’s move to terminate the controversial immigration program.
DACA is an Obama administration program that protects undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as minors from immediate deportation. Under DACA, qualifying immigrants can seek legal employment in the country through renewable special work permits—each permit comes with a two-year validity and also allows recipients to apply for a driver’s license.
In September last year, President Trump last announced that he would finally end DACA on the grounds that, in creating the program, Obama had overstepped the power of his office. He did, however, place a 6-month delay for the program’s termination to take effect, which he said should give Congress enough time to draft a replacement program that is both constitutional and legislation-based.