Federal Judge puts pause on President Trump's decision to end DACA program

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(WTVY) - A federal judge ruled against President Trump's decision to end the DACA program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It's an Obama era rule that protects people who were brought to America illegally as children from deportation.

A federal judge has temporarily halted President Trump's decision to end the DACA program, which expires on March 5th. The judge ruled DACA recipients should not be deported until legal challenges have made their way through the courts.

DACA protects an estimated 800,000 immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children from being deported.

President Trump vented on twitter writing, "It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our court system is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts."

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the decision outrageous. She says the president is committed to finding a solution for DACA, but he says it's a job for congress, not the courts.

"The ruling last night in no way diminishes the urgency of resolving the DACA issue, on this, we agree with the white house,” said US Senator from New York Chuck Schumer.

President Trump led a bipartisan discussion on immigration reform Tuesday. With cameras rolling, he said finding a deal for the so-called "dreamers" is a priority, but not the “top” priority.

The president wants congress to provide $18,000,000,000 to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Democrats want to tie legislation to protect DACA recipients to a government funding bill. Congress has until January 19th to pass a new spending bill or there will be a government shutdown.