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'Broken and unfair': Trump slams US court system after DACA ruling

The US court system is 'broken and unfair' says President Donald Trump, after it was ruled that the government can't stop processing DACA renewal applications.

President Donald Trump has blasted the US court system as "broken and unfair" after a federal judge blocked his move to end the program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents, commonly known as "Dreamers".

The Trump administration in September announced it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, drawing challenges in multiple federal courts from Democratic state attorneys general, organisations and individuals.

Late on Tuesday, US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco ruled that DACA must remain in place while the litigation is resolved.

On Wednesday morning Trump tweeted: "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 almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts."

It was not immediately clear which court Trump was referring to in his post.

Alsup's court is the District Court for the Northern District of California. Appeals of decisions by that court are commonly handled by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which also reviews appeals of rulings by district courts in the US West, Hawaii and Guam.

Earlier on Wednesday the White House branded the federal judge's ruling as "outrageous".

"An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. "President Trump is committed to the rule of law, and will work with members of both parties to reach a permanent solution that corrects the unconstitutional actions taken by the last administration."

Alsup ruled that the federal government did not have to process new applications from people who had never before received protection under the program. However, he ordered the government to continue processing renewal applications from people who had previously been covered.

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