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Federal appeals court delivers blow to Trump plans to cancel DACA protections

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday chose to keep in place an injunction blocking Trump's decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the three-judge panel specified in its ruling that the administration's legal challengers "are likely to succeed on their claim that the rescission of DACA - at least as justified on this record - is arbitrary, capricious or otherwise not in accordance with law".

The program was initiated under the administration of former President Barack Obama.

On Monday, his administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal judge's January decision to block Trump from ending the program even before the 9th Circuit had weighed in, an unusually aggressive move in terms of procedure.

"The good news is, by rejecting DACA in the 9th Circuit - finally, we've been waiting for that - we get it to the Supreme Court", Trump said at the White House on Friday.

While the federal government might be able to end DACA for policy reasons under its own discretion, it can't do so based on Sessions' faulty belief that the program exceeds federal authority, the court held.

The ruling was the first by a federal appellate court to review the merits of the decision to rescind DACA.

She said the court was not trying to infringe on the president's power to enforce immigration law but wanted to enable the exercise of that authority "in a manner that is free from legal misconceptions and is democratically accountable to the public".

"Today's ruling is yet another blow to the Trump administration's efforts to dismantle DACA, but it may also only be a temporary one", Vladeck told CNN.

The Trump administration has said it moved to end the programme previous year because Texas and other states threatened to sue, raising the prospect of a chaotic end to DACA. "The Justice Department will continue to vigorously defend its position on this matter, and looks forward to vindicating that position before the Supreme Court".

In response, many lawsuits were filed across the US including one in California.

In the USA, 90 percent of DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers, who are aged 16 and older are employed, according to research from the New American Economy, self-described as a bipartisan research and immigration advocacy organization.

It filed that request with the Supreme Court last week, but the justices have not acted upon it yet.

In addition, a federal judge in Washington in August ordered the administration to fully restore Daca, including taking new applications. It sent a letter to the circuit last month, saying that if the decision was not handed down by October 31, it would ask the Supreme Court to take up the issue.

Federal judges in NY and Washington also have ruled against Trump on DACA.