State joins lawsuit challenging DACA program


On Tuesday, the new lawsuit against DACA was presented to the Southern District of Texas and Judge Andrew Hanen, who ruled against a DACA expansion proposal in 2014.

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

"What this is really about is who is going to protect these Dreamers?"

SC joined Texas in the DACA lawsuit, along with the attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, and West Virginia.

When President Obama sought to grant lawful presence to more than four million unlawfully present aliens, Texas Attorney General Paxton led a multi-state coalition, including SC, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his unlawful immigration plan, known as the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). Marshall said he is aware of the emotional side of the argument, and he says his goal is not to deport anyone, just to follow the rule of the law. President Obama has been out of office for more than a year, but Paxton is still grabbing headlines by suing the federal government over Obama-era programs.

"Today's filing by seven retrograde states comes almost six years after DACA was introduced and many weeks after three other federal courts began to order that the DACA initiative continue despite Donald Trump's attempt to end it", said Thomas Saenz, president the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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"DACA purported to grant lawful presence and work permits to almost one million unlawfully present aliens without congressional approval", stated Paxton. In the latest in a string of legal defeats for the Trump administration on the issue, a federal judge recently issued a ruling that has the potential to fully open DACA back up to new applicants in 90 days.

Seven states including Texas are suing the federal government over the DACA program.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said he is fighting DACA because it goes against the rule of law. However a decrease courtroom order required the administration to proceed accepting renewal functions for these in this system, and the Supreme Court docket rejected the administration's request to intervene. It invites future presidents to ignore the law, ignore the will of the people, and set their own policies on the Second Amendment, privacy rights, drug laws, or any of the other important issues debated in Congress.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Paxton said that the lawsuit is an attempt to stop activist judges from forcing the Trump administration to give out and renew DACA permits, rather than a rebuke of the president's immigration policy.

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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 US protected from deportation through DACA.