In the wake of a firestorm sparked by President Donald Trump's Thursday comments slamming immigrants from "s-hole" countries, the president weighed in on Twitter Friday, appearing to defend the "tough" language he used at an Oval Office meeting.
Lawmakers walked away confused.
"It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and nearly always wins before being reversed by higher courts", Trump said on Twitter.
So what do legal experts think of the political ping pong Tuesday brought us, and the ramifications of the day moving forward?
The judge issued a nationwide injunction Tuesday ordering the Trump administration to continue processing DACA renewal applications.
President Donald Trump announced he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September 2017, and people have been lobbying to keep the policy in place ever since. He's the director of the Institute for Higher Education Law & Governance at the University of Houston.
"Dreamers' lives were thrown into chaos when the Trump administration tried to terminate the DACA program without obeying the law", California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) said in a statement.
"We need the wall for security, for safety, we need the wall from stopping the drugs from pouring in", he continued. Every week, hundreds of DACA recipients are losing their status as the program winds down. He believes finding a fix for DACA should be up to lawmakers, not federal judges.
"We were hoping for that, but the president is not prepared to do that at this moment", Durbin said.
Trump announced in September that he meant to end the DACA program, which protects some 800,000 young illegal immigrants from deportation.
The U.S. Catholic bishops "are encouraged by the consensus" that emerged from a White House meeting that a legislative solution for DACA is "urgently needed", said the chairman of the bishops' Committee on Migration. They argued the administration acted arbitrarily when it made a decision to kill DACA. Democrats are pushing for protections for Dreamers in exchange for increased border security.
That decision has set off a fierce debate in Washington as Democrats and Republicans spar over how to provide relief for about 800,000 immigrants who could face deportation when the program ends March 5. We are, by far, the most generous nation in the world for legal immigration.