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Seven States Sue Trump Administration Seeking An End To DACA

Seven states sue Trump administration to end DACA programme

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Seven US states led by Texas has sued President Donald Trump’s administration in an attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, the media reported.

The lawsuit – joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia – on Tuesday asserted that the former Obama administration overstepped its authority when it created the programme, which allows individuals who were brought to the US illegally as children to remain in the country, without congressional approval, The New York Times reported.

“The executive unilaterally conferred lawful presence and work authorisation on otherwise unlawfully present aliens, and then the executive used that lawful-presence ‘dispensation’ to unilaterally confer US citizenship,” the lawsuit said.

It calls on the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas to “immediately rescind and cancel all DACA permits currently in existence because they are unlawful”, or at a minimum to block the government “from issuing or renewing DACA permits in the future, effectively phasing out the program within two years”.

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Trump, too who wants to get rid of DACA, had ordered an end to the programme in September and called on Congress to pass a replacement law, though it has not been done so.

The repeal has been delayed by legal challenges.

Last week, a federal judge in Washington ruled that the government must keep the programme in place and start accepting applications again, unless it can provide a stronger legal justification for abandoning it.

Federal judges have also ordered the administration to preserve DACA, reports The New York Times.

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“Three activist federal judges have blocked the federal government from canceling DACA,” Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas, whose office filed the lawsuit, said on Tuesday.

“That means that unelected federal judges are forcing the Trump administration to leave an unlawful program in place indefinitely as legal challenges drag on.”

The lawsuit drew condemnation from the Texas Democratic Party whose chairman, Gilberto Hinojosa, said Paxton’s “cruel anti-immigration agenda will rip over 124,000 Texans away from their families and jeopardise our economy”.  (IANS)

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Donald Trump will soon end the DACA Programme-Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Programme for unregistered immigrants

The DACA programme grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children

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USA, September 4, 2017: US President Donald Trump has decided to end DACA programme- a programme that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children with a six-month delay, the media reported.

Trump has wrestled for months with whether to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme introduced by his predecessor Barack Obama in June 2012 to shield hundreds of thousands of undocumented youths from deportation.

But conversations with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who argued that Congress was responsible for writing immigration law, helped persuade the President to terminate the programme, the informed sources told Politico news on Sunday.

In a nod to reservations held by many lawmakers, the White House has planned to delay the enforcement of the President’s decision for six months, giving Congress a window to act, the sources said.

Trump is expected to formally make an announcement on the programme’s termination on Tuesday, and the White House informed House Speaker Paul Ryan of the President’s decision on Sunday

Paul Ryan thinks that ending DACA programme is not a good idea

On Friday, Paul Ryan said that he did not think the President should terminate DACA  programme and that Congress should act on the issue.

According to official documents, approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants are currently benefiting from the DACA programme.

Permits under DACA programme are granted for two years before needing to be renewed.

The latest study by groups that support DACA programme estimated that 1,400 people a day could lose their protections if renewals ended.

Bernie Sanders criticised Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA programme

Former Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has condemned the move, reports CNN.

“If Trump decides to end DACA programme, it will be one of the ugliest and cruellest decisions ever made by a president in our modern history,” the Vermont Senator tweeted on Sunday night. (IANS)