After the Trump Administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, sixteen states and the DACA recipients filed suit, challenging the end of the program.
“It’s not just an ad hoc comment that was overheard on an open mic…It’s not just that somebody at [Immigration and Naturalization Service] said something derogatory about Mexicans. This came from the top. It’s extreme; it’s recurring. It’s vicious.”
During the same hearing, a lawyer representing the state of Washington also took a shot at President Trump. Colleen Melody asked if DACA would have been terminated “if the group of affected young people had been children and young adults from Norway, instead of children and young adults primarily from Mexico?”
Clearly Ms. Melody was referring to Trump’s remarks about immigrants from earlier this month, when he referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole” countries, while lamenting the fact that the US doesn’t have more immigrants from predominantly white countries like Norway.
Furthering the issue, San Francisco federal judge William Alsup temporarily blocked the Trump Administration from ending DACA. Judge Alsup argued that DACA must remain in effect until the current litigation reaches a verdict. According to the judge, the Department of Homeland Security’s “decision to rescind DACA was based on a flawed legal premise.”
The Department of Justice is arguing that the Department of Homeland Security properly ended the program and had every right to do so. President Trump himself has said that he’d be willing to consider a pathway to citizenship for some of the current DACA recipients, if he gets several billion dollars to fund his border wall.
Sounds like he’s willing to allow a few more brown people to gain citizenship as long as he can keep all the rest out.