A federal district court judge in New York has granted the government’s request to appeal his earlier ruling that plaintiffs seeking to stop the president’s attempted rollback of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy could cite Trump’s “racially charged” language as part of their case.
In multiple lawsuits that are ongoing across the country and seeking to preserve DACA, district court judges have been split over the issue of whether Trump’s campaign statements support a plausible inference of discriminatory animus as the cause of his efforts to undo DACA. In this case, the judge ruled at the end of March that the “racial slurs” and “epithets” Trump used while campaigning for the presidency and after taking office could be evidence that his attempt to terminate DACA in September was based on animus toward Latinos in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.
See State of New York et al v. Donald Trump et al on Justia Dockets
Judge Permits Government to Appeal DACA Lawsuit, The New York Times, April 30, 2018
Citing Trump’s ‘Racial Slurs,’ Judge Says Suit to Preserve DACA Can Continue, The New York Times, March 29, 2018