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Federal judge tears into Trump administration over its handling of DACA

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A federal judge in New York who ruled over the weekend that the new DACA rules were invalid tore into the Trump administration for its handling of the program in a hearing Wednesday, calling the latest government actions a "sad and inappropriate use of executive authority."

(CNN)A federal judge in New York who ruled over the weekend that the new DACA rules were invalid tore into the Trump administration for its handling of the program in a hearing Wednesday, calling the latest government actions a "sad and inappropriate use of executive authority. "

"I just want you to understand that I believe that we should have a process, a legal process here, as everywhere else, but sadly, what we're doing is impacting the lives of many, many people, who are buoyed by the Supreme Court decision in June and have been undermined by the conduct of the Department of Homeland Security since then, as I set forth in my decision," Judge Nicholas Garaufis said.

On Saturday, Garaufis ruled that Chad Wolf was not legally serving as acting Homeland Security secretary when he signed rules limiting applications and renewals for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and those rules are now invalid.

Wolf in July issued a memo saying that new applications for DACA, the Obama-era program that shields undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children from deportation, would not be accepted and renewals would be limited to one year instead of two.

The administration tried ending the program in 2017, but the US Supreme Court blocked their attempt in June.

Garaufis accused the government of running out the clock, from the day the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration's attempt to end DACA to Inauguration Day, saying he was "deeply concerned" and "disappointed" by that.

Garaufis was not impressed, calling it a "sad and inappropriate use of executive authority to keep DACA recipients & DACA-eligible individuals (from accessing protections). "

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