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US court strikes down Trump's move to abolish Obama relief to 7 lakh DACA immigrants
Trump's moves to water down Obama's DACA programme have received a setback in the court of law like in the case of H-1B visa curbs - regulations which he introduced through executive orders shortcircuiting Congressional route. The court said the administration failed to show "good cause" in rushing the curbs. Obama's DACA programme is back with immediate effect and made more flexible, clearing the way for a smooth implementation of Biden's policies.

NEW YORK, Dec 6: The US District Judge, Eastern District, New York, Nicholas Garaufis, has asked the Departmnet of Homeland Security to extend the two-year renewals to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) programme recipients and also start taking new applications from the 'Dreamers' from Monday. But the Trump administration can appeal against the order of last Friday.

Republican President Donald Trump had all through his four- year term been trying to abolish the DACA programme initiated by former President Barack Obama to provide succour to the Stateless, unauthorised immigrants living in the country. There are nearly 7,00,000 migrants enrolled in the DACA programme. These were immigrants brought in as children and lacking legal status. They are called "Dreamers".

Joe Biden, the President-elect, has promised in his policy document a Bill to accord legal status and gradual citizenship to the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the country, including the DACA.

Trump had made a major effort trying to end DACA programme in 2017 but the Supreme Court blocked that attempt in a judgement last June. Subsequently, to circumvent that order, the Administration issued an executive order narrowing down the scope of the DACA programme. Again the attempt failed as it could not stand in a federal court last month. Now the New York court has not only upheld the programme but also ordered to enrol more such hapless migrants with immediate effect.

On other fronts, as the Republican Government sees immigrants depriving the Americans their jobs, severe restrictions were imposed in the issuance of all types of employment visas in the last few years. These included replacing the lottery system for H-1B visa with higher wage as criterion, a hike by 100%. The change was fast-tracked, skipping the regulatory Congressional steps that may take several months to get through. This change and the higher speciality clause for selection have now been blocked by a federal judge who said the administration failed to show "good cause" for fast-tracking the two measures.

The Trump Administration also wanted to restrict asylum access, insist on DNA testing for family applicants and sponsors, restrictions on entry of students, visitors and journalists, and bar on constitutional birth right to citizenship.

Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli and Senior White House Adviser Stephen Miller were the architects of Trump's plans to block immigrants and pushing the curbs before his term ends.

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