Yonkers dreamer cheers DACA rulingPosted: Updated:
Yonkers resident Karina Davila says her life is threatened as the Trump administration attempts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that currently protects 700,000 young immigrants from deportation.
Her fight is getting some recognition, as a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration's decision to end DACA is based on the "virtually unexplained" ground that the program is "unlawful," which could open the door for more immigrants like Davila to apply for DACA.
A day later, the Trump administration responded to the ruling.
"We believe the judge's ruling is extraordinarily broad and wrong on the law. What's worse is it creates an incentive for illegal immigrant youth to come here,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The ruling is the third in recent months. Federal judges in Brooklyn and San Francisco issued nationwide rulings to accept renewals of the two-year permits for current DACA recipients like Davila.
"It’s good to see that these federal judges are siding with us, and they see that we are humans just trying to have a future here,” says Davila.
The ruling won't take effect immediately. The Department of Homeland Security has 90 days to make its case to justify ending the program.