Unlawful: Federal appeals court smacks down Trump for 'arbitrary and capricious' decision to end DACA
President Donald Trump (AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM)

A federal appeals court has ruled President Donald Trump's decision to end DACA was unlawful, upholding a different appeals court's ruling. DACA is an Obama-era program designed to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants brought into the country when they were young, by their parents.


Friday morning the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Trump's decision to end DACA was "arbitrary and capricious," and unlawful because "it was not adequately explained," as The Hill reports.

Bloomberg Law adds that Friday's Fourth Circuit decision "overturns a lower court’s determination that the administration hadn’t done anything wrong either in ending DACA or in the way it went about doing it."

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals previously handed down a similar decision, ruling against the Trump administration.