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Texas, 6 Other States File Suit Challenging DACA Program

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    Texas Suing to End 'Dreamers' Program Once and For All

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the federal government to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. (Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018)

    Texas and six other states are suing to end once and for all a program that would protect some young immigrants from deportation.

    The lawsuit announced Tuesday comes a week after a federal judge in Washington ordered the Trump administration to resume the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

    Immigrants under the Obama-era program are commonly referred to as "Dreamers."

    Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had threatened legal action for the past year if the program didn't come to a halt.

    “Our lawsuit is about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy,” Attorney General Paxton said in a statement. “Texas has argued for years that the federal executive branch lacks the power to unilaterally grant unlawfully present aliens lawful presence and work authorization. Left intact, DACA sets a dangerous 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.”

    Joining Texas in the lawsuit are Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia.

    A federal judge in Washington called the Department of Homeland Security's rationale against the program "arbitrary and capricious."

    He gave the Trump administration 90 days to make a new case.

    There are more than 120,000 DACA recipients in Texas.

    Tuesday's lawsuit joins a host of litigation related to the program that is not expected to be resolved until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in.

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