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Trump's tweets about DACA and 'dreamers' used in court order blocking White House policy

Here's how the president's tweets about DACA and 'dreamers' came back to haunt him.

President Donald Trump's own tweets once again have been used as evidence in a major court ruling against his administration's efforts.

The federal government on Sept. 5 announced it was ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, aka the DACA program. It allows some people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children – "Dreamers" – to stay and get work permits.


What is DACA, and who are 'Dreamers'

That planned rollback was quickly met with lawsuits to block it, one of which Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson joined.

The White House wanted DACA to still be phased out while these lawsuits played out. But on Tuesday, a federal judge in California said that won't be the case. 

What the court's order says

U.S. District Judge William Alsup in his order (uploaded here by the Washington Post) wrote that the White House's decision to end DACA was based on a "flawed legal premise" that Obama's Department of Homeland Security, which announced the program, "lacked authority to implement" the program. 

Alsup also said the states in their lawsuit demonstrated that DACA recipients – as well as their loved ones and communities – are " likely to suffer substantial, irreparable harm" if the program is allowed to expire right now.

Within the order, the judge cited some of Trump's tweets supporting DACA as evidence for why he came to the decision:

"For the reasons DACA was instituted, and for the reasons tweeted by President Trump, this order finds that the public interest will be served by DACA’s continuation," Alsup wrote.

So DACA will operate and exist as it had been while the lawsuits run their course. Though Trump and the White House aren't thrilled with the decision.

Trump's tweets haunt him ... again

This is not the first time Trump's Twitter history has been used against his administration in a major court decision.


 – Sen. Smith: Trump's tweets don't have 'anything to do with Minnesotans and what Minnesotans care about'

In October of 2017, a federal judge blocked one of the White House's travel ban orders and cited the president's tweets as evidence it was targeting a religious group – not just about national security, Quartz reported.

And a couple of weeks later, Trump's directive banning transgender Americans from serving in the U.S. military was shut down by a judge in part because the president's tweets showed it "was not driven by genuine concerns regarding military efficacy."

Over the summer of 2017 about two-thirds of one poll's respondents found the president's Twitter "inappropriate" or "insulting." A more recent poll found 70 percent think Trump should stop tweeting from his personal account.

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