But when asked whether he expected legal challenges to the continued rejection of new applications, the official responded flatly: “Yes, of course.”
California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, was quick to criticize the announcement.
“The courts have spoken: DACA is in full effect, including for new applications,” Becerra said. “We are ready if the Trump administration tries to block or dismantle DACA. We know what it takes to defend DACA — we’ve done it before and we’ll do it again if necessary.”
The American Civil Liberties Union, which has challenged the Trump administration in court on DACA, also released a statement condemning the announcement.
Andrea Flores, deputy director of immigration policy for the ACLU, pointed out that the majority of voters, including the majority of Trump voters, support DACA.
“Make no mistake, the vast popularity of the program, combined with a looming election, prevented Trump from immediately ending the program,“ Flores said in a statement on Tuesday. “But this policy memo makes his intentions clear: His next move is a complete end to the DACA program to destroy the lives of Dreamers once again.“
President Donald Trump has long criticized the DACA program as executive overreach by former President Barack Obama, who established the deportation protections for Americans brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
The Trump administration has not accepted new DACA applications since 2017, but it has allowed current holders to renew their status in two-year…