President Donald Trump has notched another win for immigration reform. Late Monday, a federal judge in Maryland sided with the Trump Administration’s decision to end Obama’s controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Bush-appointed Judge Roger W. Titus ruled that Trump acted within his authority to rescind DACA, a program that – at best – existed in a legal gray area. As Titus wrote in his decision, Trump’s decision to end the program while Congress comes up with another solution was “rational.”
“This decision took control of a pell-mell situation and provided Congress — the branch of government charged with determining immigration policy — an opportunity to remedy it. Given the reasonable belief that DACA was unlawful, the decision to wind down DACA in an orderly manner was rational,” Titus said.
#BREAKING: Federal court in Maryland district sides with Trump administration over DACA case. DOJ spox says “DHS acted within its lawful authority in making the discretionary decision to wind down DACA in an orderly manner.” pic.twitter.com/Fg90wQU7gO
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) March 6, 2018
Trump tweeted his approval of the ruling on Tuesday:
Federal Judge in Maryland has just ruled that “President Trump has the right to end DACA.” President Obama had 8 years to fix this problem, and didn’t. I am waiting for the Dems, they are running for the hills!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018
DHS also approved of Titus’s ruling. “The Department of Justice has long maintained that DHS acted within its lawful authority in making the discretionary decision to wind down DACA in an orderly manner, and we welcome the good news today that the district court in Maryland strongly agrees,” DOJ spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement.
While the ruling is definitely a win for common sense immigration reform, it unfortunately doesn’t affect the current status of DACA. Injunctions handed down by other courts have kept the program in place. However, no new illegals who would be eligible for the program can apply.
The is the second time in two weeks that Trump has received good news about his strides to enforce the rule of immigration law. Last week, the Supreme Court agreed that immigrants detained for deportation can be held indefinitely without periodic custody or bail hearings.
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