A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, aiming to shield children who were brought into the country illegally from deportation.
U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis ordered the government to post a public notice within three days, including on its website and the websites of all relevant government agencies, that DACA applications are being accepted, according to the Associated Press.
Friday’s decision built on Garaufis’s November ruling that declared acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf didn’t act legally when he signed rules limiting applications and renewals for the DACA program, which the Trump administration has been trying to end since 2017.
DACA began in 2012 under the Obama administration and allows young immigrants brought to the United States illegally to gain employment and be protected from deportation. About 650,000 people are enrolled in the program. Those enrolled must go through background checks and regularly renew for their status.
The Supreme Court previously ruled that the Trump administration’s efforts to shut down DACA were improper, but President Trump would have the authority to end it himself. President-elect Joe Biden said he would reinstate the program when he is in office.