Federal appeals court judges signaled Tuesday that President Trump’s tweets could sink his efforts to end the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty.
The panel of judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Mr. Trump’s prolific comments on immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program may have influenced the decision by then-acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, when she decided last September to phase out DACA.
“I don’t know that we’ve ever had this situation before,” said Judge John B. Owens, whom President Barack Obama appointed to the 9th Circuit.
It’s the latest case moving through the federal courts to test Mr. Trump’s tweets and how much of an influence they have over government policy. Tweets are also an issue in president’s travel ban proposal, which is currently pending before the Supreme Court, and Judge Owens said the appeals panel may wait to see what guidance the justices offer on how much attention should be paid to the president’s tweetstorms.
At stake in the DACA case is Mr. Trump’s attempt to cancel a program that he repeatedly called illegal, but that is protecting some 700,000 Dreamers the president says he wants to help.
(In this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, Judy Weatherly, a supporter of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) holds up a sign during a protest outside of the Federal Building in San Francisco. Photo: AP-Jeff Chiu, File)