The Justice Department told a federal appeals court Tuesday that it will appeal a San Francisco federal judge’s temporary injunction against the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program.
The Justice Department will also go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court to ask it to review the lower court’s decision.
Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled last week that the Trump administration must resume the processing of DACA renewal applications while related lawsuits make their way through the legal system.
That ruling gives prior DACA recipients who did not renew their applications ahead of an Oct. 5 deadline the opportunity to submit renewal applications, and requires the administration to renew permit future applications that will soon expire, provided the order isn’t halted by a higher court.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services then announced Saturday that it will accept renewal applications, but not new applications. The deadline to submit renewal applications was Oct. 5.
“It defies both law and common sense for DACA [...] to somehow be mandated nationwide by a single district court in San Francisco,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement Tuesday. “We are now taking the rare step of requesting direct review on the merits of this injunction by the Supreme Court so that this issue may be resolved quickly and fairly for all the parties involved.”
About 700,000 young people brought to the U.S. illegally — dubbed “Dreamers” — have been allowed to remain without fear of deportation under DACA, but the Trump administration announced in September the program would be phased out with plans to end on March 5.