A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s temporary order preventing the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
President Trump last year ordered an end to DACA, the Obama-era program that protects more than 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Earlier today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Trump lacks the authority to end the program.
“Plaintiffs are likely to succeed on their claim that the rescission of DACA – at least as justified on this record – is arbitrary, capricious or otherwise not in accordance with law,” the three-member panel from the 9th Circuit said.
The Justice Department is likely to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. Earlier in the week, the administration asked the high court to intervene and put the case on its docket in the current term, which ends in June 2019.