Federal Judge Restores Obama-Era DACA Program For Those Illegally Brought to US in Childhood


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The Trump administration has been targeting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) since September 2017, focusing on its ‘America First’ policy and rejecting immigration initiatives rolled out by the Obama administration.

US District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on Friday ruled a full restoration of an Obama-era DACA program that would allow illegal immigrants who arrived to the United States as children to apply for work permits and a two-year period of deferred action for deportation.

The judge also instructed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to open applications for the so-called “dreamers” for the first time since 2017, reversing a memo issued by the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, that restricted the program to only those who had previously enrolled, preventing first-time applicants from participating, and limited benefits provided by the program.

According to the ruling, Wolf was unlawfully installed in his position, indicating that his memo on slicing DACA benefits was invalid.

“This is a really big day for DACA recipients and immigrant young people,” Karen Tumlin, director of the Justice Action Center, who litigated the class-action case, said, cited by The New York Times. “It opens the door for more than a million immigrant youth who have been unfairly denied their chance to apply for DACA.”

DACA, created by then-US President Barack Obama in 2012, has been in the Trump administration’s crosshairs since 2017. Trump labeled DACA as “unconstitutional” and unsuccessfully sought to put an end to it through the use of the Supreme Court. SCOTUS ruled in June that Trump did not follow the necessary procedures.

In July, the Trump administration vowed to continue targeting the program. Now that US mainstream media have projected Joe Biden to win the Oval Office, the Democratic challenger said he would restore DACA once he assumed office. The official US presidential election results will be announced after the Electoral College casts its vote on 14 December.

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Obama-Era Officials ‘Undermined’ Trump — ‘The Biggest Thing Since Watergate’

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) on Friday weighed in on the release of a list of Obama administration officials that sought to unmask former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Cornyn said on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom” that the scandal by then-President Barack Obama’s officials to “undermine” President-elect Donald Trump and his upcoming presidency is “the biggest thing since Watergate.

“Well, there has to be answers,” Cornyn told host Ed Henry. “This is a scandal of really, if we weren’t involved in the COVID-19 crisis, this would be a scandal of the biggest thing since Watergate.”

He expounded on his comparison to Watergate, “[F]irst of all, you see a series of events occur from the time that President Trump was elected designed to undermine his presidency and try to remove him from office, convict him of a crime. We’ve seen impeachments, criminal investigations — you name it. And now we find that a number of Obama-era individuals have unmasked an American citizen whose name was collected during the course of … foreign intelligence surveillance and then leaked to the press in order to undermine the president and in order to justify this special investigation. And this is a very serious matter.”

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