A federal judge in California late Tuesday night temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Known as DACA for short, it protects young immigrants from deportation. In September, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the program would be phased out.
President Obama implemented the program in 2012, and it has protected about 800,000 people who were brought to the United States as children by their families, some of whom overstayed their visas. Under the program, these young adults referred to as “Dreamers” have been permitted to live and work legally in the U.S.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco granted a request by California and other states to keep DACA going, at least until lawsuits can play out in court. (Read more from Federal Judge Reverses Another Trump Decision HERE)