A three-judge panel of the USA 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, ruled unanimously in favor of a lower court's preliminary injunction against the administration's attempt to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
The ruling represented another legal defeat for Trump over DACA, although he has won court victories on other parts of his hard-line immigration policies.
The lawsuit against the US government for being slow to address climate change is on hold again, after a federal appeals court Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, granted the Trump administration's motion for a temporary stay.
Trump a year ago decried the 9th Circuit's "ridiculous" ruling on the travel ban, and said that court has "a awful record of being overturned" by the Supreme Court - an often-made charge that the 9th Circuit's chief judge took issue with in congressional testimony.
He has taken a stern stance against illegal immigration.
Following Trump's announcement in September 2017 of the plan to end DACA, the Reform movement's Religious Action Center called on him to reconsider.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup rejected the argument that then-President Barack Obama had exceeded his power in creating DACA and said the Trump administration failed to consider the disruption that ending the program would cause. "The Justice Department will continue to vigorously defend its position on this matter, and looks forward to vindicating that position before the Supreme Court". The administration cited a 2015 ruling by another USA appeals court that blocked a separate immigration policy implemented by President Barack Obama.
"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", said Steve Vladeck, a CNN legal analyst who's a professor at the University of Texas School of Law.
Trump had proposed ending the protections past year in an effort to spur congressional action to fix the problem. As a result of the preliminary injunction, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services resumed accepting requests to renew deferred action under DACA. "We will continue to defend Dreamers and DACA all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary".
In an opinion issued today, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit upheld a federal district court's order requiring the government to keep the DACA program in place.
California, the most populous US state, is a liberal bastion that is unfriendly political territory for Trump.
The federal government, under both the Obama and Trump administrations, has tried repeatedly to get the case dismissed.
The decision is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court.