Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Arizona’s Attorney General joins Trump in asking the Supreme Court to end DACA

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is siding with President Trump in his efforts to dissolve the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

In a new multi-state legal brief, Brnovich and his fellow Republican attorneys general from 11 other states contend that President Obama never had the legal authority to create the program in 2012. Trump issued his own executive order shortly after being sworn in in 2017 to phase out the program, which allows those who arrived in this country as children to remain without fear of deportation.

The move has been blocked by lower courts however, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments next month. Brnovich said in an interview that he believes Obama’s unilateral action was illegal. “It’s a matter of simple logic,” he said. “If President Obama can create a substantive program by himself using the executive power, then why can’t President Trump rescind that using executive action?”

But Brnovich said he believes if the Supreme Court sides with Trump it will be in the longer-term interest of DACA recipients. He pointed out that even Obama called the program a temporary solution to provide some legal protections, while Congress comes up with a more permanent plan for immigration reform.

Congress hasn’t done so, however. Brnovich said he believes it will not — at least not as long as DACA exists; Bottom of Form

“DACA recipients are being used as political footballs by both parties,” Brnovich said. “There’s no incentive for politicians in Washington, D.C., to solve this problem because they’d rather have it around as a political issue.”

This isn’t the first time Brnovich claimed DACA is not legal. He advanced similar arguments last year to the U.S. Supreme Court as Arizona sought to defend its practice of denying driver’s licenses to those in the program. The justices rejected the arguments without comment and the state now issues licenses to DACA recipients.