A federal court in Washington, D.C., has reaffirmed its earlier ruling in a lawsuit brought by Princeton University, one of its undergraduate students and Microsoft that the federal government’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was unlawful.
U.S. District Judge John Bates gave the government until Aug. 23 to determine if it will appeal the decision, which would require the government to accept new DACA applications and issue renewals.
DACA permits undocumented students who arrived in the United States as children to obtain protection from deportation, allowing them to continue their studies or work here.
“We are very pleased that the court reaffirmed its ruling that the government’s termination of the DACA program ‘was unlawful and must be set aside,’” Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber said in a statement. “As the court noted, it ‘sees no reason to change its earlier determination that DACA’s rescission was arbitrary and capricious.’”
This comes more than three months after Bates issued an initial ruling on April 24 that termination of the DACA program was unlawful.
Princeton University student Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez and Microsoft filed suit Nov. 3, 2017, alleging the termination of DACA violated the U.S. Constitution and federal law. Perales Sanchez graduated from Princeton in June.