US appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigration program
US President Donald Trump, seen here at a meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque at the United Nations. (AFP / Nicholas Kamm)

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday ruled the Trump administration must continue a program begun under former President Barack Obama that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who are in the country illegally.


The decision by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals preserves the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program introduced in 2012 that has shielded from deportation a group of immigrants dubbed “Dreamers” and given them work permits, though not a path to citizenship.

(Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; Editing by Noeleen Walder and Tom Brown)