Friday, March 22, 2019

Judge denies Texas’ request to end DACA

 

Seven states that sued to block DACA couldn’t demonstrate that permitting it to continue was causing irreparable harm, a federal judge said on Friday, declining to halt the Obama-era policy that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

“Here, the egg has been scrambled,” Hanen wrote in his ruling. “To try to put it back in the shell with only a preliminary injunction record, and perhaps at great risk to many, does not make sense nor serve the best interests of this country.”

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who has previously ruled against DACA-related programs, argued that the states waited too long to seek a preliminary injunction. Still, Hanen said that he thinks the program is unconstitutional, “If the nation truly wants to have a DACA program, it is up to Congress to say so,” Hanen wrote.

On Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he was confident the courts would ultimately find DACA unconstitutional. He said an injunction was denied only because the states waited too long to request it.

Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia filed the lawsuit in Texas, hoping Hanen would stop DACA recipients from continuing to renew their enrollment. That would have triggered a conflict with three federal orders that have required the U.S. government to keep accepting DACA renewals, even after President Trump tried to end the program last year.

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