President Trump can't immediately end DACA, court rules

By Associated Press
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference a day after Americans voted in the midterm elections, in the East Room of the White House on November 7, 2018. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO - A U.S. appeals court won't immediately let President Donald Trump end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday decided to keep in place an injunction blocking Trump's decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Lawsuits by California and others challenging the Trump administration's decision will continue in federal court while the injunction remains in place.

DACA has protected some 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas.

In January, U.S. District Judge William Alsup rejected the argument that then-President Barack Obama had exceeded his power in creating DACA.

The Trump administration has said it moved last year to end the program because Texas and other states threatened to sue, raising the prospect of a chaotic end to DACA.

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