Immigration

WATCH: Texas And Six Other States Sue To End DACA

Attorney General Ken Paxton says the lawsuit ‘is about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy’

Following through on a months-old promise, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Tuesday that Texas has filed a lawsuit to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, leading a seven-state coalition to fight an Obama-era immigration measure that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants nationwide from deportation, including more than 100,000 in Texas.

Paxton first threatened in June 2017 to sue over the program if President Donald Trump’s administration had not ended it by September.

After a federal court’s ruling blocked, Paxton wrote in January that he would consider filing suit if the program still stood in June.

“Our lawsuit is about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy,” Paxton said in a press release.

“Texas has argued for years that the federal executive branch lacks the power to unilaterally grant unlawfully present aliens lawful presence and work authorization,” noted Paxton, who added that “left intact, DACA sets a dangerous precedent by giving the executive branch sweeping authority to ignore the laws enacted by Congress and change our nation’s immigration laws to suit a president’s own policy preferences.”

Reactions

Gilberto Hinojosa, Chair of the Texas Democratic Party, reacted to the lawsuit saying Paxton has a “cruel anti-immigration agenda.”

Hinojosa added that the lawsuit “will rip over 124,000 Texans away from their families” and “jeopardize” the state’s economy.

Texas State Representative Ana Hernandez, a Democrat who represents District 143, categorized the lawsuit as “frivolous” and added it is “unfortunate” because of “the numerous times that DACA has been upheld in federal court.”

Hernandez also touched on the potential economic impact of terminating DACA and argued that it would cost Texas $6 billion in annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and thousands of jobs.

The State Representative detailed that the impact in terms of GDP loss is according to studies by the Migration Policy Institute and the Center for American Progress.

Todd Schulte, President of FWD.us –which defines itself as a bipartisan organization that promotes policies to keep the United States competitive in a global economy–, said in a statement that the lawsuit “demonstrates why Congress must take immediate action to bring certainty for Dreamers, their families, friends, and coworkers.”

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