“I just want you to understand that I believe that we should have a process, a legal process here, as everywhere else, but sadly, what we’re doing is impacting the lives of many, many people, who are buoyed by the Supreme Court decision in June and have been undermined by the conduct of the Department of Homeland Security since then, as I set forth in my decision,” Judge Nicholas Garaufis said.
Wolf in July issued a memo saying that new applications for DACA, the Obama-era program that shields undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children from deportation, would not be accepted and renewals would be limited to one year instead of two.
The ruling marked another defeat for the Trump administration. The President has been successful in establishing many immigration limits, but has not been able to significantly dismantle DACA, the now eight-year-old program.
The administration tried ending the program in 2017, but the US Supreme Court blocked their attempt in June. The memo invalidated on Saturday had sought to buy time while the administration decided its next steps.
Garaufis accused the government of running out the clock, from the day the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to end DACA to Inauguration Day, saying he was “deeply concerned” and “disappointed” by that.
Garaufis was not impressed, calling it a “sad and inappropriate use of executive authority to keep DACA recipients & DACA-eligible individuals (from accessing protections).”
Garaufis also read aloud the statement put out by DHS calling him an “activist judge” and cited Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who recommended Garaufis for the court: “You’re entitled to your own opinions, you’re not entitled to your own facts.”