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POSTED | 16:41 PM | 10-01-2018

Trump calls US courts ‘unfair’

President Donald Trump lashed out on Wednesday (Jan 10, 2018) at the US judicial system as “broken and unfair” after a judge blocked his decision to end a program that protects so-called “Dreamers” from deportation.

The White House earlier had called the ruling on Tuesday by US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco “outrageous,” coming the same day Trump met lawmakers from both camps on the so-called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

“It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts,” Trump said in a tweet.

The DACA program, instituted by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama in 2012, protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children.

In a high-profile, on-camera meeting at the White House, Trump had urged leaders from both parties to compromise on the fate of the Dreamers while at the same time insisting on the need for a controversial wall along the Mexican border.

But the unusual public display of presidential deal-making was jarred soon after by Alsup’s ruling ordering the administration to maintain the program nationally pending the resolution of a court challenge.

Alsup questioned the validity of the Justice Department’s argument that DACA had been illegally implemented, saying it was based on a “flawed legal premise.”

Unless Alsup’s order is overturned by a higher court, former DACA recipients will now be eligible to submit renewal applications and the government will be required to “post reasonable public notice” that the program is once again active.

Trump said in September he was scrapping the DACA program but delayed enforcement to give Congress six months -- until March -- to craft a lasting solution.

“An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Wednesday.

“President Trump is committed to the rule of law, and will work with members of both parties to reach a permanent solution that corrects the unconstitutional actions taken by the last administration,” she said.

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