Saturday, June 9, 2018

Justice Department won't defend DACA in Texas lawsuit


Nicole Chavez of CNN reports that the Justice Department won't defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy in a federal lawsuit that Texas and six other states filed last month challenging the constitutionality of the program.

According to CNN, the Justice Department argued in a legal filing late yesterday that DACA is unlawful and is "an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws."
The DOJ's filing was in response to a lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on behalf of seven states to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The states argue that former President Barack Obama's initial creation of DACA in 2012 violated the Constitution and federal law.
The states challenging DACA are Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia.
Look for interveners or others to join the lawsuit and defend DACA.

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