US President Donald Trump’s efforts to end Dreameres deal racially motivated: US District Court Judge William Alsup

January 13, 2018 11:29 pm
People protest against President during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), near the Trump Tower in New York on October 05, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
A US federal judge says President Donald Trump’s plan to end and tan Obama-era program that protects young immigrants from deportation was racially motivated.
In a new ruling on Friday, US District Court Judge William Alsup wrote that it is “plausible” that Trump shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for racial reasons.
The Trump administration announced in September that it would end the program that was authorized by former President Barack Obama in 2012 to provide protection from deportation and the right to work legally to undocumented immigrants, who entered the US as children.
The judge ruled on Tuesday that the immigration policy must remain in place. In the follow-up ruling on Friday, Alsup said the lawsuits challenging Trump’s order cited the president’s anti-Mexican and anti-Latino rhetoric during the 2016 campaign.
The lawsuits cited Trump’s description of Mexicans as rapists and of immigrants coming across the southern border as “animals,” wrote Alsup. “These allegations raise a plausible inference that racial animus towards Mexicans and Latinos was a motivating factor in the decision to end DACA.”
A bipartisan group of six senators reached a deal that would shield Dreamers from deportation and make other changes to immigration laws and border security. Trump, however, rejected the deal at a closed-door meeting on Thursday, where he reportedly made worse racist remarks.
He told lawmakers, who were trying to defend the deal, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” According to several people briefed on the meeting, Trump was referring to Haiti, El Salvador and certain African countries.
The president has so far come under harsh criticism around the world as well as inside home. He, however, denied saying “anything derogatory” about the people of Haiti, and instead blamed the media for distorting his words.
He said that his description of “shithole” was not racist but rather a straightforward assessment of some nations’ depressed conditions.
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