DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a piece of legislature that allows certain people initially brought to the United States illegally as youth to get a work permit that lasts two years, in addition to being able to live in the country for two years without being deported. That deportation deferrance can be renewed indefinitely, effectively allowing once-illegal and still-illegal immigrants in the U.S. to live here without struggle.
The legislation was put into action by Barack Obama in 2012.
DACA has been an active policy for just short of six years now – it’s never not been active law since Obama put it in place – though current U.S. President Donald Trump has tried his hardest to have the legislature removed from law.
However, thankfully for the sake of immigrants brave enough to seek a better life in the foreign land that is the United States of America, federal courts have prevented the Trump administration from getting rid of the protections DACA puts in place.
90 days ago, legislators were able to put a temporary hold on DACA legislation. This meant that DACA was still in the books of law here in the United States, just not active for a 90-day period following that temporary postponement.
Just today, on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, a federal judge announced that the temporary hold on DACA had officially expired, and that Trump’s White House administration would be forced to shuffle tons more paperwork around in order to have a chance at repealing the immigrant-friendly DACA legislation put forward six years ago.
DACA will remain active for at least the next 90 days, in the name of giving Trump administration attorneys and officials to attempt to justify why DACA is unconstitutional and against United States federal law.
According to federal court Judge John Bates, removing DACA from legislation was both “arbitrary and capricious,” stating that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – the government bureau responsible for dealing with issues such as illegal immigration – didn’t “adequately explain its conclusion that the program was useful.”
Further, federal Judge John Bates said that the Donald Trump administration and its acting attorneys didn’t put forth substantial reasoning for why the legislation is illegal, or why it should be removed. Such “meager legal reasoning,” as Bates declared, won’t get the Trump administration’s fight for the removal of illegal immigrants anywhere far.