A federal judge ruled Saturday that President Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security has been illegally working in his position as acting secretary over the past 12 months.
Judge George Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York wrote that Wolf’s illegitimate appointment in November 2019 meant a rule he advanced this summer to cripple the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was invalid.
“Wolf was not lawfully serving as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security under the HSA [Homeland Security Act] when he issued the Wolf Memorandum,” wrote Garaufis, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton.
The Wolf memo only allowed the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients, or children who were brought illegally to the United States who meet certain criteria, to renew their protections from deportation and work permits for one year instead of the normal two years. Trump’s former Attorney General Jeff Sessions attempted