On Wednesday, California Judge William Alsup placed an injunction on Trump’s decision to end the DACA program. Several other states are looking to follow suit. On the basis of the injunction Alsup wrote, “Plaintiffs have clearly demonstrated that they are likely to suffer irreparable harm absent an injunction.” His decision calls for protection for Dreamers from deportation while Congress works out a definitive plan. The ruling did not clearly state whether or not those with Dreamer status could go ahead and renew their work permits. The ruling has sparked outrage among the White House, confusion for Dreamers, and greater pressure for Congress to come up with a solution.
After hearing of the decision, the White House vowed to fight the injunction, claiming that only Congress can make a decision about DACA’s future. Many members of Congress commented that the ruling does not lessen the necessity nor importance of coming up with a deal quickly, although there is concern that DACA could be placed on the back burner. Fear that the Supreme Court could rule to overturn DACA completely, is pushing democrats in Congress to fight for a deal. The issues of the border wall, family-based migration, and the diversity lottery, remain the biggest contentions.
While Aslup’s decision grants protections for those under DACA, the ruling is likely a temporary win. The uncertainty surrounding its fate is unjust for Dreamers awaiting definite legislation. Congress must come up with a deal to keep DACA immediately.