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Texas, 6 other states sue federal government to end DACA

Texas, 6 other states sue federal government to end DACA

Texas and six other Republican-governed states on Tuesday sued the Trump administration to try to end a program launched by Democratic former president Barack Obama that protects immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

Paxton also says that the lawsuit challenges whether the 2012 executive action unilaterally creating DACA was itself lawfully executed. "Left intact, DACA sets a unsafe precedent by giving the executive branch sweeping authority to ignore the laws enacted by Congress and change our nation's immigration laws to suit a president's own policy preferences".

Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia have additionally signed onto the go well with, filed within the Southern District of Texas.

Immigrants' rights advocates were swift to denounce the lawsuit. The suit names as defendants the U.S. government and the heads of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Border Patrol.

While the Obama Administration argued that DACA would not grant a pathway to citizenship, it ended up providing a pathway for over 39,000 illegal aliens while only proving legal citizenship to approximately 1,000. Trump then announced in September that the program would be phased out.

Gilberto Hinojosa, chair of the Texas Democratic party, called Paxton's actions part of a "cruel anti-immigration agenda", saying in a statement: "The average age of a DACA participant at the time they arrive 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". "You have to have the same immigration policy in Texas as you do in New Jersey".

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The move opens a new front in the legal fight over the Obama-era program for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children. Late previous year, Costilla visited the U.S. Capitol to advocate for a bill that would have made the program a law.

"Judge Hanen in Texas will side with Paxton and the plaintiffs", Noorani said. His nationwide order ultimately was upheld by an evenly split Supreme Court. However, most recently, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., ordered the Trump administration to continue DACA and allow new applicants.

"[The lawsuit] is not created to address the totality of immigration law - what's right about it and what's wrong about it".

"A lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA."
"We don't see it going anywhere anytime soon". Paxton is leading a seven-state coalition in the lawsuit. "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".

Any DACA recipients who are in the middle of renewing their status are encouraged to finish as soon as possible. David Leopold, partner and chair of the Immigration Law Group at Ulmer & Berne LLP, told Teen Vogue. We needed a legislative solution on March 5th of this year, and we still still need it to this moment.


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