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States sue Trump to void renewal of DACA

The DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), implemented by former President Barack Obama in 2012, which protects more than 750 thousand young people who came to the United States as children, suffers a new attack from part of its detractors by suing President Donald Trump to prevent its renewal.

This time the collision formed by 7 states, led by Texas, and including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia, filed this May 1 a lawsuit in federal court in Texas arguing that the Obama administration exceeded its authority by creating the program of the so-called “Dreamers” without the action of Congress.

Texas Attorney General, Republican Ken Paxton, said in a statement that “Our claim is about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy.”

The state official added that “Texas has argued for years that the federal executive branch does not have the power to unilaterally grant legal status and work authorization to foreigners who entered illegally.”

The majority of DACA beneficiaries are young people of Hispanic origin, who are protected against deportation and are granted work permits for two-year periods, after which they must resubmit their application.

In September last year, Trump announced that DACA was due to conclude on March 5 if Congress did not reach an agreement on immigration. However, two judges, one from New York and one from California, forced the government to continue the program for those young people who already benefited from it previously.

Also, during the last week of last April, a judge from Washington D.C. gave the Government of Trump a period of 90 days to argue why it stopped the program, and determined that after this time, new applications for DACA should be accepted.

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