AG Paxton 7 States Call for Nationwide Halt to the Unlawful Obama-Era DACA Program

Our coalition is confident it will prevail with its lawsuit to end DACA. width=167Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN Texas  Activist judges should not stand in the way of the president fulfilling his constitutional duty. Its a travesty of justice that three unelected Federal Judges are forcing the Trump Administration to leave an unlawful program like DACA in place indefinitely" said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton leading a coalition of seven states Attorneys General in filing a motion against what they said is the federal governments unlawful Obama-era Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program also known as DACA. DACA granted lawful presence and work permits to nearly one million unlawfully present aliens without congressional approval. As of August 21 2017 DACA led to U.S. citizenship for 1056 aliens and provided a pathway to citizenship for 39514 aliens despite the Obama Administrations promise that the program would not grant any pathway to citizenship. width=156Our 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" Paxton said. Texas has a proven track record in protecting liberty and taking on abuse of federal power. When President Obama sought to grant lawful presence to more than four million unlawfully present aliens Attorney General Paxton led a multi-state coalition 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). DAPA and DACA rest on the same flawed legal footing the coalition said. The same multi-state coalition filed a lawsuit to end DACA the day before. In the motion for a preliminary injunction Paxton and his counterparts asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to stop the federal government from issuing or renewing any DACA permits while the coalitions lawsuit is pending. In September of 2017 President Trump set a Congressional deadline and agreed to phase out the DACA Program by March 5 2018 after Attorney General Paxton led a 10-state coalition requesting he do so or face a court challenge. Federal judges in California New York and Washington D.C. subsequently blocked the wind down and the D.C. Circuit Court on April 24th gave the Trump Administration 90 days to fully restore DACA. Joining Texas in the motion for a nationwide preliminary injunction against DACA are the Attorneys General of:
  1. Alabama
  2. Arkansas
  3. Louisiana
  4. Nebraska
  5. South Carolina and
  6. West Virginia
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