Win for Dreamers: Federal Judge Rules that Government Should Continue DACA

Judge John D. Bates, from the District of Columbia Federal District Court, ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), must accept and process new DACA applications.

The Court will now give the DHS 90 days to “better explain its view that DACA is unlawful”- the document reads. 

According to the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), new applications won’t be received during the 90-day period.

“This means that for now the DACA application process remains open only to people who previously had DACA and want to renew, as specified by previous orders from courts in California and New York,” the NILC explained in a series of tweets.

In September, Trump announced his intention to rescind DACA, allowing renewals until March 5, 2018, according to POLITICO.

“This is a major victory for dreamers like me. DACA has allowed me the opportunity to travel abroad, go back to college, and the ability to provide for my family,” Martin Batalla, DACA recipient and member of Make the Road New York, said in a statement. “As Congress continues to play with our lives, this is one of the best decisions a judge could have made.”

Judge Bates is now the third federal judge to rule against Trump’s intention to end DACA.

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