Federal judge blocks Trump’s rollback of DACA program

A woman holds up a sign outside the Capitol in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A federal judge in California is blocking the Trump administration from ending the DACA program, protecting young immigrants from deportation.

President Trump’s decision to end DACA in September left some 800,000 people around the country — including an estimated 7,000 here in New Mexico — in limbo.

The late-night ruling orders the Trump administration to resume receiving DACA renewal applications while lawsuits play out in court.

New Mexico organizers say it’s some relief for local DACA recipients.

“I think that the biggest meaning out of this decision last night is that it once again brings a glimpse of hope,” Isaac De Luna said.

The program protected 800,000 people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Many of those people are now college-age students.

The California judge said lawyers demonstrated young immigrants would likely suffer irreparable harm without court action and they’d have a strong chance of succeeding in court.

People with the New Mexico Dream Team organization say the ruling is a temporary fix.

“Most importantly what we need here in New Mexico is a commitment from both of our senators that they will not vote in favor of any spending bill on Jan. 19 that does not include the legislative solution that we all know will work which is the Dream Act,” De Luna said.

More than 200 New Mexicans made their way to Washington D.C. to demand a clean Dream Act.

Lawmakers tried to come up with a bipartisan bill at the White House Tuesday. President Trump says any DACA bill must include a border wall.

Sen. Martin Heinrich urged lawmakers to pass the Dream Act Wednesday, saying they have an opportunity to do it now.

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