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Joins Texas in Suit Against DACA Program

May 23 2018, 01:14 | Irvin Gilbert

State joins lawsuit challenging DACA program

DACA Lawsuit filed by Louisiana and 6 other states

A day after Nebraska and six other states filed a lawsuit against the federal government, looking to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, local Hispanic leaders are voicing their concerns. After that, the judge ruled the Department of Homeland Security must accept new as well as renewal DACA applications.

The California and NY rulings forced the Trump administration to continue renewing work permits for immigrants now enrolled in the program.

Paxton said Tuesday that the judges are "forcing the Trump administration to leave an unlawful program in place indefinitely as legal challenges drag on".

" DACA has allowed me, and many other undocumented DACA recipients, to pursue our dreams and attend college".

A statement from Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says in part, "This lawsuit is about protecting the constitutional separation of powers".

He's leading a seven-state coalition that filed a lawsuit Tuesday, and followed it up Wednesday with the demand for speedy action. "Federal courts have already upheld DACA and have ruled that the program may continue".

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Trump attempted to end DACA previous year, but since that time, three federal judges have blocked attempts by the administration to rescind the program. The Trump administration announced past year it was canceling DACA, but court orders have kept the program intact while lawsuits claiming the cancellation is illegal work their way through the legal system. The state of Texas sued the federal government over the issue, calling it unconstitutional because the executive branch could not create new immigration and citizenship laws.

Sessions' summation came after Paxton and the attorneys general of nine other states sent federal officials a letter in June 2017, threatening to sue if the government did not rescind DACA by September 5. The courts blocked DAPA after I led another state coalition challenging its constitutionality all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Our lawsuit is about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy", he said. The back-and-forth lawsuits on the future of DACA have left more 800,000 recipients in legal limbo.

Texas has had success in the past with suing to block liberal immigration policies.

Paxton warned Tuesday that conceding the presidential power to establish a program like DACA sets a risky precedent that could allow executives to "ignore the will of the people" and set their own policies on a long list of policy points.

The attorney general said that puts the lie to Mr. Obama's claim that DACA wasn't granting lawful status, but rather just a discretionary stay of deportation. "The average age of DACA participants at the time they arrived in the U.S.is 6.5 years old, they should feel safe and accepted in the only country they know to be their home".



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