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Latest rulings on DACA, gerrymandering shows why progressives must fight to save the federal and state courts

A federal court in California temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s plans to end the DACA program last night. This is from a story on CNN:

The ruling came in a challenge to the Department of Homeland Security brought by the University of California and others.

In his 49-page ruling, [Judge William] Alsup said “plaintiffs have shown that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their claim that the rescission was arbitrary and capricious” and must be set aside under the federal Administrative Procedures Act.

The judge said a nationwide injunction was “appropriate” because “our country has a strong interest in the uniform application of immigration law and policy.”

“Plaintiffs have established injury that reaches beyond the geographical bounds of the Northern District of California. The problem affects every state and territory of the United States,” he wrote.

The ruling came the same day a federal court in North Carolina struck down the state’s congressional map as unconstitutionally gerrymandered. Click here to read Melissa Boughton’s comprehensive summary.

The common thread in both of these cases, of course: an independent judiciary dedicated to upholding the Constitution rather than to kowtowing to the powers that be.

It’s for this reason that it’s so important for caring and thinking people to persevere in the battle to save both our state and federal courts from the ongoing attack that Donald Trump and Republican legislators in Washington and Raleigh have been pursuing. The question of who serves as a federal or state court judge may seem like an obscure matter, but at this point in our history, the men and women serving in the judiciary are often all that stands between the American people and genuine tyranny.

Today at the General Assembly, activists seeking to push back against GOP efforts to raze and remake the North Carolina courts will gather for a day of rallying and lobbying. Click here to learn more about the issue and here to learn more about today’s event.

And to learn more about the fight at the national level and the disastrous list of nominees that the Trump administration is attempting to place on the federal bench, be sure to check out these damning summaries put together by the good people at the Alliance for Justice.

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