Texas files lawsuit challenging DACA Program

Alabama's lawsuit will be heard by the same judge who ruled the DACA program as unconstitutional. "Before this lawsuit, it seemed. or foreground conclusion. that within 90 days new people were going to be able to apply for DACA, and so this kind of puts a wrinkle on that, and we don't know what's going to happen at this point".

This lawsuit comes a week after a federal judge instructed the Trump administration to continue the program.

"The Texas attorney general should be helping in efforts to get legislation passed to protect the over 100,000 Dreamers that live in Texas", Temple resident and DACA recipient Benito Costilla said.

Nebraska Applessed accuses Attorney General Doug Peterson of targeting valuable Young Nebraskans by joining a suit with six other states aimed at ending a program protecting some young immigrants. "Our coalition is confident it will prevail with its lawsuit to end DACA, but in the meantime, the federal government must be enjoined from issuing or renewing any DACA permits under this unlawful program".

The lawsuit filed over the DACA program could take years to work its way through the courts. "We're required to uphold the rule of law".

According to Department of Homeland Security data, there are an estimated 5,000 DACA recipients in Arkansas. The Trump administration announced previous 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. And, he says, Texas has prevailed before on the question of whether the president, Obama in that case, could grant work authorizations to Americans by executive order.

Let's recap all of DACA's legal woes.

After Texas and 25 other states sued to end the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program - a similar measure that protected almost 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation - the program was enjoined and never went into effect. The courts blocked DAPA after I led another state coalition challenging its constitutionality all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump said in September he would terminate DACA and end its protections for the immigrants who are sometimes called "Dreamers", but gave the Republican-controlled Congress until March 6 to replace it. Policy differences between Trump and lawmakers in both parties led to Congress' failing to act.

7 states file suit claiming Obama violated... This objective of this pursuit has never been to steer immigration policy, but to rightfully return policymaking to the legislative branch of government'.

That leaves more than 3,000 undocumented Dreamers living, working and attending school in Nebraska hanging in the balance, among an estimated 690,000 undocumented persons in the USA protected from deportation through DACA.

  • Joey Payne