Judge blocks Trump bid to end immigrant safeguards
San Francisco: A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end a programme protecting young immigrants from deportation.
US District Judge William Alsup granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent President Donald Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while their lawsuits play out in court.
Alsup said lawyers in favor of DACA clearly demonstrated that the young immigrants "were likely to suffer serious, irreparable harm" without court action. The judge also said the lawyers have a strong chance of succeeding at trial.
DACA has protected about 800,000 people who were brought to the US illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas. The program includes hundreds of thousands of college-age students.
Earlier yesterday, President Donald Trump and congressional leaders from both parties met at the White House to discuss the DACA program and other immigration issues as they sought a bipartisan deal to avoid a government shutdown, which could occur in 10 days. Trump suggested that an immigration agreement could be reached by addressing young immigrants and border security with what he called a "bill of love," then by making comprehensive changes.