Judges Fight against Trump’s Immigration Enforcement

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The courts claim the authority to force the reinstatement of Obama’s executive order and give the ACLU power over Trump’s immigration enforcement.

If Barack Obama’s executive order about “Dreamers” was an exercise of Presidential authority, then how is Donald Trump’s decision to reverse it subject to judicial review? Shouldn’t the original law be the target and not Trump’s enforcement of it. But a judge ordered the White House to follow Obama’s executive order.

That was one of two recent decisions affecting Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement. The other held the White House responsible for putting families back together and gave the ACLU power over ICE.

Politico reports, “Judge orders full restart of DACA program.

A D.C.-based federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to restart in full the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The decision is the latest legal blow against President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the Obama-era program, which offers deportation relief to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

The restart won’t be immediate. U.S. District Judge John Bates said Friday that the order would be delayed until Aug. 23 to allow the government to appeal, but he denied a Justice Department motion to reconsider his earlier decision, saying there were still deficiencies in the administration’s rationale for rescinding DACA.

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And The Wall Street Journal reports, “Judge Orders Trump Administration to Find Hundreds of Deported Parents.

The judge also directed the ACLU, which sued the government over the practice of separating families at the border in February, to create a steering committee to work with the government on its efforts to locate the parents.

As many as 400 parents have been deported or otherwise left the U.S. without their children and around 80 others have been released into the U.S., the government said Friday.

More than 2,500 children were separated from their parents at the border, most after being caught crossing the border illegally, by the Trump administration amid its crackdown on illegal border crossers.

President Trump signed an executive order ending the practice on June 20. About a week later Judge Sabraw ordered the government to reunite the separated children and parents and gave them four weeks to complete the task. More than 1,800 children were reconnected with their parents by the deadline.

The government said any parents who were deported without their children agreed to leave the U.S. alone. In some cases, the government said, children couldn’t rejoin their parents because of a parent’s criminal history or a parent waived their right to be reunified.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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