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Federal Judge Maintains Protections for DACA!

The Murphy administration hailed a federal judge's decision today to deny a motion by Texas and seven other states to end protections for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

New Jersey had intervened as a defendant in the case.

"Today is a win for thousands of New Jerseyans who proudly call our state home — and hundreds of thousands of DREAMers nationwide who have known no other nation than ours," Gov. Phil Murphy and state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a joint statement. "We will continue to ensure that New Jersey remains a welcoming place for all who wish to be part of America's story. It is now time for Congress to finally enact comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to full citizenship for our DREAMers."

The plaintiffs in the case had sought preliminary injunction to end DACA after President Donald Trump's administration was enjoined from ending the program. The plaintiffs had wanted an injunction to bar the federal government from issuing or renewing DACA permits.

But Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled Texas failed to show irreparable harm, which it needed to do to be granted an injunction, according to New Jersey's Attorney General's Office.

Grewal, in a second statement, also said today's ruling to keep DACA in place "heads off what would have been a catastrophic outcome" by protecting Dreamers from deportation.

About 53,000 DACA-eligible residents live in New Jersey, of which 17,400 hold current DACA permits, the state estimates.

From NJ Politico Pro