The attorney general of Texas, Republcian Ken Paxton, has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for failing to end DACA program. After a previous threat of legal action, the Trump administration has moved to gradually end the program, beginning in March of this year, but many states opposing this plan have been able to temporarily block any action. Thus, the work permits of many DACA receivers have continued to be renewed for the time being.
Joining Texas in this suit, is Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia, other deeply red states. Their public argument for the prompt removal of DACA comes from the idea that Obama did not pass DACA in a constitutional way. In a statement, Paxton said, “Our lawsuit is about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy.”
The lawsuit does not specifically call for deportation or rescinding of current DACA holders’ work permits, but it does call for ending the issuing of more work permits, leaving a stark discrepancy of immigration policy wishes between states.
Verdict: While outwardly, the suit has a focus on upholding the constitution, the troubling repercussions of the end of the DACA spark more of debate. These seven states are proposing an end to DACA once again with no solution for the hundreds of thousands of receivers. If this suit continues to the Supreme Court, it will be worrying to see what will occur.