NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York who’s hearing two lawsuits challenging the cancellation of a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation said Tuesday that he can’t ignore President Donald Trump’s “vicious” anti-immigrant statements.
U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis told Justice Department lawyers that Trump’s “drumbeat” of statements and tweets about immigrants from Mexico and other countries are relevant to the case.
“In this country, in over 230 years, this is not ordinary,” Garaufis said during the hearing. “It’s extreme. It’s recurring. It’s vicious.”
Garaufis is hearing lawsuits seeking to overturn the administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The plaintiffs say the decision to end the program was motivated by racial animus against Latinos and is not based on any rational justification.
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