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Trump's move to end DACA program blocked by second US judge

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump's move to end a program protecting hundreds of thousands of children of undocumented immigrants from deportation was blocked by a federal judge in New York. It's the second time in less than two months that a U.S. judge found the rescinding of the program as proposed would be wrong.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in New York ruled Tuesday that the government hasn't offered legally adequate reasons for ending the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals -- or DACA.

In a preliminary ruling, he ordered the government to keep processing DACA applications and renewal requests, echoing the Jan. 9 ruling of a judge in San Francisco.

Garaufis said his the order doesn't mean that any DACA applicant must be automatically granted an extension nor does it prevent the U.S. from revoking individual DACA recipients' deferred deportation status.

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