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Judge delays deportations of children of people who entered US illegally

By Rudaw 10/1/2018
People rally in front of the White House in support of the DACA program on September 5, 2017. File photo: AFP | Eric Baradat
People rally in front of the White House in support of the DACA program on September 5, 2017. File photo: AFP | Eric Baradat

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — In a blow to the White House's continued bid to limit various types of entry and immigration into the United States, a federal judge in northern California ruled the controversial DACA must remain until a final legal decision is made. The program is set to expire in March.


"Dreamers lives were thrown into chaos when the Trump Administration tried to terminate the DACA program without obeying the law," California Attorney General Becerra said in a statement. "Tonight's ruling is a huge step in the right direction."


"Dreamers" are the children of people who illegally entered the United States, but for the past five years could enroll in the DACA program to put them on a path to citizenship.


US District Court Judge William Alsup granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent President Donald Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program while their lawsuits play out in court.


"DACA covers a class of immigrants whose presence, seemingly all agree, pose the least, if any, threat and allows them to sign up for honest labor on the condition of continued good behavior," Alsup wrote in his decision. "This has become an important program for DACA recipients and their families, for the employers who hire them, for our tax treasuries, and for our economy."


DACA has prevented the deportation and protected the right to work legally for some 800,000 children of people who didn't enter the United States legally.


The program primarily has affected Latinos; however, according to Citizenship and Immigration Services data, India and Pakistan, with substantial or Muslim majority populations are 2 of the top 24 countries DACA applicants list as their place of birth.


"It means a lot of uncertainty," Nayim Islam, a 25-year-old living in New York who was born in Bangladesh, told VICE. "It means you're being attacked from multiple angles. It means having to constantly fight just to survive."


US President Donald Trump announced in September 2017 the "phasing out" of DACA shortly, claiming his predecessor Barack Obama had exceeded his authority when implementing it in 2012.


“To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here,” the Trump administration's attorney general Jeff Sessions then announced. “That is an open border policy, and the American people have rightly rejected it.”


DACA is set to expire in March.


Trump tweeted on Tuesday night: "As I made very clear today, our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval."



Trump met with top immigration and legal advisors, as well as members of congress on Tuesday.


"I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with," Trump said. "If they come to me with things I'm not in love with, I'm going to do it. Because I respect them."


A toned down version of Trump's original visa ban affecting six Muslim-majority countries was ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court in December 2017. In early January, a Michigan judge ruled that hundreds of Iraqis, including Christian Chaldeans, had the right to an extradition hearing prior to being deported.


Trump believes the ban is "lawful and essential to protecting our homeland."


Iraq was removed from the list in March 2017 after it agreed to share more biometric data with Washington and accept the repatriation of people who had been convicted of certain felonies.


Jagerxin Derashy | 12/1/2018
In other words he’s excellency President Trump is accepting other peoples decision right or wrong only because he respect those people’s! What president forgets this decision can ruin million peoples lives ! Mr remember Peoples elected you not the people’s you respect!
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