NEW YORK — The Latest on a federal judge’s ruling against the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (all times local):

7:05 p.m.

The Department of Justice says it’s looking forward to the next stage of litigation following a New York judge’s ruling against the government’s handling of the end of a program that spared some young immigrants from deportation.

Department spokesman Devin O’Malley says the U.S. District Court judge’s decision doesn’t change the fact the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was an “unlawful circumvention of Congress.”

The program was implemented while Barack Obama was president and protected many young immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. as children.

President Donald Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, said last summer the program was going to end, leading to a lawsuit.

The judge says the Republican administration relied on flawed legal positions to end the Democratic former president’s program.


5 p.m.

A federal judge in New York has ruled President Donald Trump’s administration didn’t offer “legally adequate reasons” for ending a program that spared many immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. as children.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said in an order issued Tuesday the Republican president “indisputably” has the power to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but relied on flawed legal positions in doing so.

Trump’s attorney general has said then-President Barack Obama’s decision to implement DACA was an unconstitutional exercise of authority.

The judge says Trump’s administration relied on an “erroneous” belief the program was unconstitutional. His ruling mirrors one issued in San Francisco in January.

The judge ordered Trump’s administration to allow people already in the DACA program to continue enjoying protections. He declined to extend the program for new applicants.