Federal judges continue to rein in Trump immigration policies

These lower-court judges are slowing or stopping White House-led efforts to deport undocumented immigrants or coerce "sanctuary cities" to hand over detainees who lack legal visas to federal authorities.
By Jose Jefferies | Jul 02, 2017
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of most of President Trump's ban on immigrants from certain Muslim countries this week, but Trump's other immigration restrictions face continued resistance from federal judges across the nation. These lower-court judges are slowing or stopping White House-led efforts to deport undocumented immigrants or coerce "sanctuary cities" to hand over detainees who lack legal visas to federal authorities.
An Atlanta judge, for instance, ordered the reinstatement of the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals, which grants a stay on deportation to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children and who meet certain program requirements. The person at the center of the case was Jessica Colotl, a paralegal who was born in Mexico but raised in Georgia and has lived under threat of deportation for years.
And a Michigan judge, Mark Cohen, forced the Department of Homeland Security to freeze plans to deport around 200 Chaldean Christians that the agency was going to send back to Iraq. Cohen asserted that judges should have a say in whether government agents can target residents of their jurisdictions for removal out of the country.
David Leopold, a former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, praised these and other judges' rulings in an interview with the Washington Times. He said that they are acting as a necessary check on the White House.
"You've got the Republicans playing ball in the Senate and the House. The only institution that's putting a check on this guy is the judiciary," he said.

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