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    Appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigrant policy

    US President Donald Trump speaks to journalist Jim Acosta(front) from CNN during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A US appeals court won’t immediately let President Trump end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation.

    A three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday decided to keep in place an injunction blocking Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

    Lawsuits by California and others challenging the Trump administration’s decision will continue in federal court while the injunction remains in place.

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    DACA has protected some 700,000 people who were brought to the US illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas.

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    In January, US District Judge William Alsup rejected the argument that then-President Barack Obama had exceeded his power in creating DACA.

    The Trump administration has said it moved last year to end the program because Texas and other states threatened to sue, raising the prospect of a chaotic end to DACA.