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Judge's blocking of DACA phaseout 'important but small victory' in ongoing immigration reform, law professor says

Wed, 01/10/2018

LAWRENCE — A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump’s attempt to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. The program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation was scheduled to be phased out this year, and Congress is currently debating how to address or fix it.

Lua Yuille, associate professor of law at the University of Kansas School of Law, is available to discuss the ruling, ongoing negotiations of DACA and related topics with media. An immigration law expert, Yuille said the decision will “keep DACA partially alive for its existing recipients, which is an important but small victory in what will continue to be an uphill battle for meaningful immigration reform in the country’s undocumented communities.”

U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup of San Francisco blocked the attempted phase out Tuesday, citing Trump’s tweets that the program serves the public interest. Yuille can discuss the judge’s ruling, DACA, immigration law, what a repeal or extension of the program would mean for immigrants, next steps in the legal process regarding DACA and related topics.

Yuille is an expert in immigration law, business associations, corporate governance and property law. She is an affiliate faculty member in the KU Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies and was previously a corporate lawyer focused on Latin American business transactions and pro bono immigration practice. Before entering academia, Yuille served as a clerk for Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and an extern for Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck of the Southern District of New York.

She received her law degree from the Columbia University School of Law and has a graduate diploma in international studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

To schedule an interview, contact Mike Krings at 785-864-8860 or

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