Quantcast
Connect with us

Federal judge rules against Texas request to end ‘Dreamers’ program

Published

on

A federal judge on Friday denied a request by Texas and other states governed by Republicans to immediately end a program launched by Democratic former president Barack Obama that protects immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

U.S. Judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas said the states had shown they were harmed by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA, but, he said, they could not prevail legally because of “their delay in pursuing the claims they now bring concerning DACA,” which was first established in 2012.

ADVERTISEMENT

The program protects around 700,000 young adults from deportation and gives them work permits for two-year periods, after which they must re-apply.

Texas and other states that brought the lawsuit earlier this year had argued that DACA allows illegal aliens to remain in the country, which drives up the costs of healthcare and policing and makes it harder for lawful residents to find work.

The states also argued that the DACA program flouts the will of Congress because it was created without congressional action.

Civil rights organizations, businesses and universities had intervened in the Texas case to protect DACA.

ADVERTISEMENT

They argued that the states had failed to provide convincing evidence that DACA hurts their coffers and that by authorizing DACA recipients to work their states would get more tax revenue.

Hanen, who was appointed by Republican U.S. President George W. Bush, issued a second order on Friday giving Texas permission to appeal his ruling.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement after the ruling that the plaintiffs were “now very confident that DACA will soon meet the same fate” as a parallel Obama program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, which was previously struck down by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Paxton led a coalition of dozens of states in taking legal action against that program.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Our lawsuit is vital to restoring the rule of law to our nation’s immigration system,” Paxton said.

Republican President Donald Trump said last year that he would terminate DACA and end its protection for the immigrants who are sometimes called “Dreamers.”

He gave the Republican-controlled Congress six months to replace it, but policy differences between Trump and lawmakers in both parties led to Congress’ failing to act.

ADVERTISEMENT

Courts have ruled that the program can stay in place for now, although new applications will not be accepted.

Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware and Yeganeh Torbati in Washington, D.C.; Editing by Toni Reinhold


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

Published

on

Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

Continue Reading

2020 Election

UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

Published

on

At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

Published

on

Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Investigate and Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1 and go ad-free.
close-image