DHS ordered to turn over DACA deliberations

Posted on 02. Nov, 2017 by in Immigration

A federal judge has ordered President Donald Trump’s administration to reveal internal deliberative documents that went into the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a partial victory for groups challenging the rescission in a California federal court.

Judge William Alsup on Tuesday ordered the government turn over the records by October 27 and said they must appeal “very promptly” if they desire to do so.
The order comes as a product of several lawsuits that are being heard together in the Northern District of California, including challenges from the University of California and its president, DACA author and former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the state of California and local jurisdictions. All have challenged the administration’s right to end DACA, an Obama-era program that protected young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, without lengthier procedural steps, and have sued to block the sunset of the program. Recipients with permits expiring by March 5 were allowed to renew, but the two-year protections will begin running out March 6.
The case is being heard on an expedited track due to the deadline, and DHS had submitted a record of documents regarding the administration’s decision-making that only contained publicly released documents, including statements and letters.
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