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By Miriam Raftery

August 9, 2018 (Washington D.C.) – U.S. District Judge John Bates issued a ruling last week order the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The program protects many young immigrants who came here as children from deportation.

Trump announced plans to shut down the program and his administration has stopped accepting applications or processing renewals. But the judge ruled Trump’s rationale for dropping DACA, a program created during the Obama administration, did not pass legal muster.

The Washington D.C. based judge is the third to rule against the Trump administration on the matter, following district court judges in California and New York.  

Homeland Security is appealing those judgments.

The government has 20 days from the latest ruling to appeal, or must fully implement DACA starting August 23.