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Bush-appointed judge deals huge setback to Trump administration on DACA

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In another major blow to the Trump administration's efforts to end the Obama-era program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a federal judge on Tuesday ruled that the program must remain in place and also must accept new applications.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates in Washington ruled that the Department of Homeland Security failed to "adequately explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful."

Bates, who was nominated by former President George W. Bush in 2001, is the third judge to thwart the Trump administration's efforts to end the program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children the opportunity to work and study. However, this was the first ruling to order........

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