A federal judge has issued an immigration “amnesty” to undocumented immigrant immigrants in central Arizona, as he considers whether to allow them to stay in the state under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The ruling comes in the case of a federal judge who ordered that the state of Arizona allow thousands of undocumented immigrants to stay after a judge issued a nationwide injunction.
The federal judge, Steven Tashkin, issued a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump’s executive order, which blocked immigration to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
He had ruled in January that the president had violated his constitutional authority to protect the nation from threats of terrorism.
Trump has been a fierce critic of the ruling.
He called Tashkins decision “a total, total disaster.”
The ruling is the latest development in a protracted legal battle between the Trump administration and Arizona’s U.N. refugee agency.
The state had filed a lawsuit challenging the injunction issued by Tashkanis ruling.
The judge said the state has a right to “protect the dignity of the person,” but added that the government has the burden of proving the government’s case.
Tashkin ruled that the executive order violates the U,N.
Refugee Convention and its Chapter V, which requires states to “take all reasonable steps” to take “all feasible measures to ensure that all persons are accorded due process.”
The federal government appealed the ruling to the 5th U.P. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
In a brief filing last week, the administration said the ruling is an “overreach” that could make it more difficult to get people to comply with the order.