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Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration's Efforts to Shut Down the DACA Program


Judge Alsup orders the administration to resume accepting renewal applications for DACA recipients

January 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued a nationwide injunction preventing the Federal government from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, siding with Dreamers who had sued to stop the program’s rescission.

The ruling was in response to five separate lawsuits over the DACA termination – including the “Dreamers Case”, brought by six DACA recipients who filed suit against the government for failing to keep its promises on DACA. This is the only lawsuit brought by DACA recipients themselves to challenge the Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA. The six Dreamers are represented by the public interest law firm Public CounselGibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and Barrera Legal Group.

“DACA recipients played by all the rules, and now the courts have told the government they have to play by the rules,” said Mark Rosenbaum, directing attorney for Public Counsel’s Opportunity Under Law project. “The Statue of Liberty today has a grin from ear to ear.”

Attorney Ethan Dettmer of the firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher said: “Today the court recognized that the promises the government made to hundreds of thousands of Dreamers across the country must be upheld. It confirmed that the government’s actions were not just wrong – they were unlawful. We look forward to defending this ruling on appeal.”

Plaintiff Jirayut (“New”) Latthivongskorn, who moved to the United States from Thailand when he was nine years old and is pursuing both a medical degree from UC San Francisco and a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University, said:

“It’s an incredible feeling to know that the country I call home has delivered justice for me and Dreamers across America. This is a huge victory for the idea that America is still a place of opportunity for everyone. But we also know that we still have a long way to go before the American Dream is fully restored.”

 

About the “Dreamers Case” plaintiffs:

DULCE GARCIA

Ms. Garcia is an attorney in San Diego, California. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego and her law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She was brought to the United States from Mexico when she was four years old. 

VIRIDIANA CHABOLLA MENDOZA

Ms. Chabolla is a first-year law student at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and a graduate of Pomona College. She was brought to the United States from Mexico when she was two years old.

JIRAYUT (“NEW”) LATTHIVONGSKORN

Mr. Latthivongskorn is a fourth-year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He is also a candidate for a Master of Public Health degree from the School of Public Health at Harvard University. Mr. Latthivongskorn moved to the United States from Thailand when he was nine years old.

NORMA RAMIREZ

Ms. Ramirez is a candidate for a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Ms. Ramirez was brought to the United States from Mexico when she was five years old. Since 2016, Ms. Ramirez has worked at an outpatient clinic in Monrovia, California, providing school and home-based therapy to patients in English and Spanish.

MIRIAM GONZALEZ AVILA

Ms. Gonzalez is a teacher at Crown Preparatory Academy in Los Angeles, California.  She is also a candidate for a Master of Urban Education, Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University, and attended college at UCLA, graduating in 2016. Ms. Gonzalez was brought to the United State from Mexico when she was six years old.

SAUL JIMENEZ SUAREZ

Mr. Jimenez is former college football player and a special education teacher, coach, and mentor in Los Angeles, California.  Mr. Jimenez was brought to the United States from Mexico when he was one year old.