(CNSNews.com) - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was “arbitrary” and “capricious” because the Justice Department failed to explain why the program was “unlawful.”
Judge John Bates, a President George W. Bush appointee, at the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, also ordered the administration to accept new applications to the DACA program. The ruling won’t take effect for 90 days to give the administration more time to explain its reasoning behind canceling the program.
This is the third such ruling to oppose Trump’s decision to end the program.
When asked about the ruling Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “The DACA program violates federal law. President Obama went around Congress and created the illegal DACA program. We believe the judge's ruling is extraordinarily broad and wrong on the law.
“What's worse is that it creates an incentive for more illegal immigrant youth to come here, and causes them to expect similar judicial policies be applied to them,” Sanders said.
She called it “good news for smuggling organizations and criminal networks, and horrible news for our national security.”
“It's time for Congress to do what the president has called on them to do and offer to be part of and actually fix this problem,” the press secretary said.
When asked whether it’s still the administration’s main argument that the reason why it was necessary to end the program was because of the threat of lawsuits by Republican attorneys general, Sanders said, “That was certainly a big part of us knowing that this is an illegal program and something that Congress has the ability to actually create laws, and they're the ones that have to be part of this process and fix this problem.”