The Obama administration initiative provided work permits and protection from deportation for certain undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. On January 9, U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued an order stating that the safeguards against deportation and permits must remain in place while a legal challenge to the DACA rescission proceeds.
“The decision to rescind DACA was based on a claim that was made frequently by President Trump that DACA was an unlawful usurpation of congressional power,” said Dean Johnson in a KQED interview. “According to the court, there is no authority supporting that. It is merely the word of the attorney general, the word of the president. There is no law relied on by the Trump administration showing that DACA was illegal and had to be rescinded.”