A second federal judge has blocked the Trump administration's attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Nicholas Garaufis, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, granted a request from 17 attorneys general who sued the Trump administration for a temporary injunction against the move while the case against President Trump and his top officials makes its way through the courts.
The amended court order requires the Trump administration to continue processing DACA renewal requests under the same terms and conditions applied before Sept. 5, when the administration announced its decision to rescind the program.
The judge noted that the court was not asked to determine whether the administration had the power to end DACA, but rather was asked to weigh in on whether they “offered legally adequate reasons for doing so.”
Garaufis concluded the Trump administration did not do so.
With the most recent decision from the federal court in New York, the Trump administration was handed its second defeat over its efforts to rescind the DACA program, which shields immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from the threat of deportation and grants them work permits.
A federal judge in California blocked the Trump administration from rescinding DACA in an order last month.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra asked the court in November 2017 to grant a preliminary injunction against the administration’s end to DACA and argued rolling back the program would negatively affect those protected by the Obama-era program.
In a rare move, the Justice Department asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the case out of California, bypassing the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The justices, who return from a weekslong recess Friday, will meet then to discuss whether to consider the case.