Republicans Move To Shut Down DACA

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( – 9 Republican-led states have filed with a federal court in Texas to end the DACA program. The DACA program was originally established in 2012 during the Obama administration and it shielded undocumented immigrants who had entered the U.S. as children from deportation. Since its establishment, it has been challenged legally by both conservative groups and states.

The newest filing which is led by the state of Texas is asking the Southern District federal court to rule that DACA is “unlawful.” The filing would also block any new applicants from taking advantage of the program and would stop any renewal requests from existing “Dreamers” from going through.

The Southern District Court, in a previous filing, had already blocked the program from continuing to accept applications and had determined that in the establishment of the program, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) violated the Administrative Procedure Act.

Despite this, the judge in the case, Andrew Hanen, had allowed those who were already protected by the program to continue renewing their status. In large part, Hanen’s ruling also noted that the program had been created through an Obama administration memo. This past August the DHS issued a regulation that would help codify the DACA program. It was also expected that the program would be able to start receiving applications in October.

Following the Biden administration’s new regulation, the same coalition of states has requested for Hanen to review the case again, claiming that the program’s establishment was “unlawful.”

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