A federal judge ruled Saturday acting Homeland Security Chief Chad Wolf had no legal authority when he restricted applications to the DACA program.
CBS News reports Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn ruled Wolf was “not lawfully serving” when he issued the order in July saying his appointment was unlawful.
Wolf’s edict declared new applications for DACA would not be accepted and any renewals would be limited to one year instead of the previous two.
The US Supreme Court had previously blocked Trump’s suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. According to CNN, the Senate has yet to confirm Wolf’s appointment and there are no current plans to do so.
Today’s decision is another win for DACA recipients and those who have been waiting years to apply to the program for the first time,” wrote attorney Karen Tumlin of the Justice Action Center, who represents DACA recipients in the case, reported NPR.
However, its unclear what immediate impact the ruling might have. Judge Garaufis did not order DHS to begin accepting DACA applications.
The Obama administration launched DACA to protect thousands of immigrants who came to the US as children from deportation.
CBS reports Trump has expressed sympathy for dreamers while at the same time moving to eliminate DACA.
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