California's top lawyer on Thursday hailed an appeals court decision blocking the Trump administration from ending the so-called DACA program as "a tremendous victory" and one that will continue protections for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers who were brought to the U.S. as children.
The ruling by the three-judge panel for 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirmed a nationwide preliminary injunction that U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued in January that shielded young people with protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. The administration in February unsuccessfully appealed the district court's ruling to the Supreme Court.
In remarks to reporters Thursday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the appeals court decision "a tremendous victory for everyone who is a believer of the American dream, and certainly a victory for the rule of law. But for ... the young men and women we call Dreamers, those who have had to live in the shadows, those who had an opportunity to come out of the shadows and actually prove themselves to America, and have done so so ably and so courageously, it's a victory for them as well."
California was joined in the DACA case by attorneys general for Maine, Maryland and Minnesota, as well as the University of California, individual DACA recipients and other plaintiffs. In their arguments to the 9th Circuit, Becerra's legal team focused on "the irreparable harm that DACA recipients, their communities and the states would suffer if the program were terminated."