White House blasts judge blocking end of DACA, calling it ‘outrageous’

The White House called a judge’s decision to temporarily block President Trump’s ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program “outrageous” on Wednesday, hours after the move introduced a new complication to talks on immigration between the administration and Congress.

“We find this decision to be outrageous, especially in light of the President’s successful bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members at the White House on the same day,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. 

Trump also tweeted about the decision shortly after the White House statement.

Trump held a long meeting at the White House Cabinet Room on Tuesday with lawmakers from both parties. In an unusual move, much of the meeting was held before the cameras, and Trump stunned Republicans and Democrats alike by offering support for a comprehensive immigration deal. 

{mosads}Trump is seeking a deal that would allow young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children and now covered by DACA to stay in this country. The deal would be paired with border security measures, as well as changes to family-based migration, in which extended family members of legal immigrants are allowed into the country, and the visa lottery program.

“An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process,” Sanders said in her statement. “President Trump is committed to the rule of law, and will work with members of both parties to reach a permanent solution that corrects the unconstitutional actions taken by the last administration.”

Trump announced last year he would rescind the DACA program, arguing the Obama administration overstepped its authority.

A federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday temporarily blocked Trump’s action, however. Judge William Alsup said the program must remain in place while litigation over Trump’s decision to end the program plays out.

In a court ruling, Alsup said the Department of Homeland Security’s “decision to rescind DACA was based on a flawed legal premise.” 

DACA recipients who failed to renew their status by last year’s deadline will now have a chance to submit renewal applications. The decision still does not allow new applications to be submitted.

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