A California Judge Overstepped in Ordering Trump to Keep DACA

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason

Neither liberal nor conservative judges seem able to do immigration law right. The conservative Fifth Circuit Court erred in 2015 when it halted Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), the Obama administration’s program giving undocumented parents of American citizens a two-year reprieve from deportation. And this week a Northern District of Californian judge, Clinton appointee William Alsup, was equally wrong in issuing an injunction barring the Trump administration from scrapping DAPA’s precursor. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) gave a similar reprieve to about 700,000 undocumented aliens brought to this country as children. Alsup not only ordered the administration to keep the program in place but ordered it to renew the expired DACA status of the 15,000 or so Dremaers till the case is resolved.

The judge’s intentions are laudable. But when it comes to immigration enforcement, the executive has vast discretion to set priorities. It can decide to

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