U.S. appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigration program


Activists and DACA recipients march up Broadway during the start of their ‘Walk to Stay Home,’ a five-day 250-mile walk from New York to Washington D.C., to demand that Congress pass a Clean Dream Act, in Manhattan, New York, U.S., February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday ruled the Trump administration must continue a program begun under former President Barack Obama that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who are in the country illegally.

The decision by the San Fancisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals preserves the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program introduced in 2012 that has shielded from deportation a group of immigrants dubbed “Dreamers” and given them work permits, though not a path to citizenship.

Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; Editing by Noeleen Walder and Tom Brown

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