Trump pushes immigration deal, says 'last chance' to pass


A federal district judge in NY on Tuesday became the second to block President Donald Trump's effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the US District Court for the Eastern District of NY ruled that DACA participants and states are likely to succeed in their challenge that the way President Donald Trump terminated the Obama-era program was arbitrary and capricious.

The Supreme Court is expected to consider this week whether to take up the administration's appeal of the separate ruling by Judge William Alsup in California, according to news reports.

Mr Trump announced his intent to roll back DACA, which protects almost 800,000 young people from deportation, in early September.

Meanwhile, efforts in Congress by DACA supporters to rescue the program continue, with debate starting this week in the Senate on proposals in favor of protecting the "Dreamers".

CNN reports on four Harvard students - all DACA enrollees - who fear "that their successes and potential could become a bargaining chip" in the immigration debate.

Modelled on President Donald Trump's immigration framework, the "Secure and Succeed Act", as the Bill is called, proposes to lay out an "earned path to citizenship" for 1.8 million illegal, young immigrants, popularly known as "Dreamers".

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A second federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump's decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields young unauthorized immigrants from deportation. That program granted the right to work and stay in the US without fear of deportation to about 700,000 young immigrants.

Because President Barack Obama created the program by executive action, Trump has the authority to scrap it.

The plaintiffs had argued that the administration violated federal law by cutting off a program that hundreds of people relied on with little explanation.

"The Trump administration should be able to alter the policies and priorities set by its predecessor", Garaufis said.

Medical students are using their white coats and Ivy League credentials to fight for continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Last year, Trump made an announcement that he was ending the Obama-era DACA program, which offered Dreamers a temporary reprieve from deportation.

"Today's order doesn't change the Department of Justice's position on the facts: DACA was implemented unilaterally after Congress declined to extend these benefits to this same group of illegal aliens".

DACA recipients serving in the military. In addition to protections for "Dreamers", Trump also wants $25 billion for a border wall with Mexico and other security measures, as well as curbs on legal immigration.