President Donald Trump called the court system ‘broken and unfair’ Wednesday after a federal judge moved to block his attempts to wind down protections for young undocumented immigrants.
Late Tuesday, San Francisco-based U.S. District Court judge William Alsup ordered the administration to resume accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Alsup’s decision will not require officials to accept new applications.
“It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA)…almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump has drawn criticism in the past for attacking judges over rulings he disagreed with, including criticizing what he called the “so-called judge” who blocked his initial 2016 executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
“We find this decision to be outrageous, especially in light of the President’s successful bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members at the White House on the same day,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Wednesday morning.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the White House said participants identified four key components to immigrant legislation: legal status for Dreamers, increased border security, changes to the visa lottery program and an overhaul of family-based immigration laws.
“An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process,” Sanders added. “President Trump is committed to the rule of the law, and will work with members of both parties to reach a permanent solution that corrects the unconstitutional actions taken by the last administration.”