|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California|
|Assumed office |
September 26, 2003
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 116 Stat. 1758|
|Judge of the Superior Court for the State of California, County of San Diego|
|North County Municipal Court, County of San Diego|
|Born||Dana Makoto Sabraw|
July 3, 1958
San Rafael, California
|Education||American River Junior College (A.A.)|
San Diego State University (B.S.)
McGeorge School of Law (J.D.)
Dana Makoto Sabraw (born July 3, 1958) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. He was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2003.
Early life and education
Sabraw's mother was born in Japan and is Japanese, making Sabraw half-Japanese. His father was in the United States Army and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War when his parents met in 1954. His father was a teacher of special-needs students and his mother taught English as a second language. Sabraw was born in San Rafael, California in 1958. He received an Associate of Arts degree from American River Junior College in 1978, a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University in 1980, and a Juris Doctor from the McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific in 1985.
Sabraw was a judge on the North County Municipal Court, County of San Diego, from 1995 to 1998. He was a judge on the Superior Court for the State of California, County of San Diego, from 1998 to 2003.
Sabraw is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Sabraw was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 1, 2003, to a new seat created by 116 Stat. 1758. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 25, 2003, and received his commission on September 26, 2003.
In February 2018, Sabraw was assigned a case in which the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the Donald Trump administration over its policy of detaining families of illegal aliens who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border. On June 5 he refused the government's request to dismiss the case, finding that there are sufficient grounds to proceed with the claim that the policy violates plaintiffs’ "constitutional right to family integrity". On June 26, 2018, he entered a nationwide injunction requiring the reunification of all children separated from their family members under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. On July 16, 2018 Sabraw temporarily suspended family deportations for one week, until family unifications could be completed. On August 3, 2018 Sabraw ruled that it is the government's burden to reunite separated migrant families.
- Marshall, Scott (October 6, 2003). "Vista judge takes seat in federal court". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
- Gerstein, Josh (June 19, 2018). "New lawsuit challenges Trump administration over family separation". Politico. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
- Stahl, Jeremy (June 6, 2018). "District Court Judge Denounces Forced Child Separation as "Brutal" and Clear Constitutional Violation". Slate. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
- https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4561266-Ms-L-PI.html. Missing or empty
- Staff, AOL. "US judge suspends deportations of reunited immigrant families".
- Pearle, Lauren (2018-08-03). "Government's job to reunite migrant parents deported without kids, not ACLU: Judge". ABC News. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
- "Summer Stephan, San Diego County District Attorney". San Diego County District Attorney. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
- Dana Sabraw at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Seat established by 116 Stat. 1758
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California