President Donald Trump called the court system “broken and unfair” Wednesday after a federal judge moved to block his attempts to wind down protections for young undocumented immigrants.
Late Tuesday, San Francisco-based U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup ordered the administration to resume accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Alsup’s decision will not require officials to accept new applications.
“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 wrote on Twitter.
Alsup does not sit on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, though he’s located in California. Trump’s allies have complained that critics of his policies are bringing forth challenges in areas where they think judges will be more amenable to their arguments, which is a common legal strategy.
Trump has drawn criticism in the past for attacking judges over rulings he disagreed with, including criticizing the “so-called judge” who blocked his initial 2016 executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
“We find this decision to be outrageous, especially in light of the President’s successful bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members at the White House on the same day,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Wednesday morning.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the White House said participants identified four key components to immigration legislation: legal status for Dreamers, increased border security, changes to the visa lottery program and an overhaul of family-based immigration laws.
“An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process,” Sanders added. “President Trump is committed to the rule of the law, and will work with members of both parties to reach a permanent solution that corrects the unconstitutional actions taken by the last administration.”
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Fox News that although she was disappointed in Alsup’s decision, she remained optimistic following Tuesday’s meeting.
“We are very disappointed by the decision, but what we heard yesterday at the meeting was we’re all committed to finding a deal,” Nielsen said. “I’m very optimistic. We left with a clear path forward. We agreed on the four pillar components of the deal. I’m very encouraged by what we did yesterday and look forward to continuing to meeting with out colleagues on the Hill day-to-day until we get this done.”
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