Saying the decision to kill it was improper, Judge William Alsup of U.S. District Court in San Francisco wrote that the administration must "maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis" as the legal challenge to the president's decision goes forward. As with many immigration decisions in the past year, has already prompted confusion.
One of the lead plaintiffs in the case, Janet Napolitano, is now the president of the University of California system of colleges but was an architect of the programme.
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday called President Donald Trump's comments on immigration "unhelpful", in his first public reaction to news that Trump referred to African nations as "s***hole" countries.
"The iron is hot".
Also under consideration, according to congressional aides, is a plan to restructure the "diversity" immigrant visa program so that it no longer operates via a lottery system. Federal agencies will shut down unless lawmakers pass a bill financing them by January 19.
Trump has called for an end to the Temporary Protected Status designation that allows certain groups of immigrants legal status as well as so-called chain migration and ending the lottery system.
While the government must renew applications for those previously covered by DACA under the ruling, it does not have to process new applications for those who have never received protection.
"I can tell you that a deal has not been reached", said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Two out of three Democrats believe a diverse society makes the US a better place to live.
"Sen. Flake's bipartisan group - the only bipartisan group that has been negotiating a DACA fix - has struck a deal", Flake spokesman Jason Samuels said. Trump said he would, before adding that such a bill should include "border security" as well.
Some Republicans in Tuesday's meeting, an extraordinary televised bargain session, clearly believed that Trump misstated his own position when, in answer to a question from California Sen.
Trump made the remark Thursday during a White House meeting after senators discussed revamping immigration rules. We should focus on Trump's claim that anchors were "sending letters" - whether they be on stationery or via email - to the White House.
A compromise - with protection for the young immigrants and some enhanced border security, without construction of the wall - could be reached.