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Federal Judge: U.S. Must Continue DACA Program

A federal judge has ruled the President Trump’s administration must continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which gives thousands of young undocumented people permission to live and work in the United States. President Trump tried to cancel the program last year, however, on April 24, 2018, Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the President’s efforts to cancel the program were based on “virtually unexplained” claims.

The judge claimed that if the administration cannot better explain its reasoning, it must continue to accept both new and renewal DACA applications. The Trump administration has 90 days to respond.

It’s the third time Trump’s effort to cancel DACA has been blocked by a court. This came as the Supreme Court was hearing arguments about the Trump administration’s third travel ban, which blocks most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether the travel ban is constitutional by the end of June.