Federal judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The reality is that we are a nation of immigrants,” said Rodolfo Monterrosa, Immigration Attorney, Monterrosa Law Group, LLC .
A federal judge in California ordered to block the Trump Administration’s efforts to end the D.A.C.A program and to begin receiving D.A.C.A renewal applications again but the block is only temporary for now.
“The decision made by the federal judge yesterday demonstrated that President Trump and his Administration are not above the rule of law,” said Monterrosa.
President Trump recently accused democrats of not doing anything for the D.A.C.A. system which aims to protect undocumented youth, who came to the U.S. as children, from deportation.
But immigration attorney Rodolfo Monterrosa says the order made by Judge Alsup late Tuesday is a monumental step in the right direction.
“It gives a ray of hope for Dreamers and undocumented students and it demonstrations that even the United States Government needs to follow proper administrative procedure,” said Monterrosa.
President Trump called the court system “broken and unfair” after that decision was made.
According to the American Psychological Association, there are one million children under 18 out of the total 11.1 million undocumented immigrants living in America.
“When we talk about the youth, they came here through no fault of their own. We need to be able to recognize that we should be able to provide and opportunity for them to be able to legalize,” said Monterrosa.
Monterrosa says the decision to shield the more than 700,000 dreamers from deportation hits home for many.
“I believe the reason we were able to get to where we are today… is because of our youth. The 800 thousand youth grew up here. As far as they knew, they were U.S. citizens. They grew up in our system, and when they realized that they weren’t, they did something,” said Monterrosa.
And while both political parties continue to address border security concerns in Washington, back home in South Bend, Moneterrosa says they’ll continue fighting.
“Giving hope to the 800,000 undocumented youth, or documented, they might have DACA, gives the rest of the community hope because I believe it gives us the fire to keeping moving on and to continue fighting this fight,” said Monterrosa.
According to the ruling documents, this is temporary relief at this time and more decisions are expected to come from congress regarding this and border security control.