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Texas sues Trump administration to end Obama-era immigrant program

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Texas and six other Republican-governed states on Tuesday sued the Trump administration to try to end a program launched by Democratic former President Barack Obama that protects immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

The states filed suit in federal court in Texas in the latest twist in an ongoing policy and legal fight over the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that Republican President Donald Trump already has tried to rescind.

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Trump said in September he would terminate DACA and end its protections for immigrants sometimes called “Dreamers,” but gave the Republican-controlled Congress until March 6 to replace it. Policy differences between Trump and lawmakers in both parties led to Congress failing to act.

 In the meantime, courts ruled that the program can stay in place for now, although new applications will not be accepted.
 
The program protects around 700,000 young adults, mostly Hispanics, from deportation and gives them work permits for two-year periods, after which they must re-apply.
Texas, joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia, argued in the lawsuit that the Obama administration exceeded its authority by creating the program without congressional action.

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

 “Texas has argued for years that the federal executive branch lacks the power to unilaterally grant unlawfully present aliens lawful presence and work authorization,” he added.
The lawsuit asks the judge to wind down DACA, which would prevent any new permits from being issued or renewed but would not cancel current permits.

The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera, who was appointed by Obama.

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Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham


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India removing monkeys ahead of Trump’s visit: ‘They come in search of food’

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US President Donald Trump makes his first official visit to India on Monday and work has been going on around the clock to spruce things up -- to the annoyance of some locals as well as monkeys.

The photo opportunity highlights of the 36-hour trip include a rally of 100,000 people at the world's largest cricket stadium and watching the sunset with First Lady Melania at the Taj Mahal.

A long wall has been hastily built, along the route in Ahmedabad in western India to the new Sardar Patel Stadium in order, locals believe, to hide a slum, although officials deny it.

Sardar Sarania, a resident of the slum, is disgusted at what he sees as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's attempt to conceal reality.

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Here is why Gov Roy Cooper is offering ‘honorary’ citizenship for a Canadian Zamboni driver

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North Carolina's Democratic governor offered honorary citizenship for a Canadian on Saturday evening in a heartwarming display of sportsmanship.

Gov. Roy Cooper made the offer after a unique situation arose.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were scheduled to play Carolina Hurricanes in hockey, but both of the Marlies' goalies were out with injuries.

So 42-year-old Zamboni drive David Ayres suited up, becoming the second-oldest player to ever make their NHL debut.

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WATCH: Warren sets her sights on Bloomberg’s taxes — after shaming him on Non-Disclosure Agreements

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During a campaign speech in Seattle on the night of the Nevada Caucus, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tore into former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg as an "arrogant billionaire."

Warren warned about "a threat that is coming our way."

"It's a big threat. Not a tall one, but a big one -- Mike Bloomberg," she joked, as the crowd booed.

She argued the billionaire would be the "riskiest" choice for Democrats to pick to take on President Donald Trump.

After Warren successfully shamed Bloomberg into releasing three women from Non-Disclosure Agreements in the last debate, she turned her attention to Bloomberg's tax returns.

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