When most moderates or Democrats hear the phrase, “End DACA,” they immediately envision tea party flags waving, country music blaring, and an overall spirit of “the south will rise again.” But as the state of politics is changing, so are opinions on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the 2012 piece of legislation which legalized thousands of children brought to the United States by illegal immigrant parents.
In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, ten state Attorney Generals are requesting that the Trump Administration move on ending DACA.
Led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, ten AGs from Republican states (Texas, Idaho, Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska, West Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina, Kansas) and Idaho Governor Butch Otter implore that the Trump administration fulfill campaign cries of “America First,” and phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The letter suggests this process begin by the federal government turning down new enrollees into the program, leaving them vulnerable to deportation.
If the Justice Department doesn’t take stringent and decisive action, according to the demands, the Gang of Ten, in opposite viewpoint from the infamous Gang of Eight, have threatened to sue the administration in the Southern District of Texas. The deadline posted in the letter is September 5, 2017.
Texas originally sued the Obama administration back in 2014 over DAPA policy, which would’ve extended work permits for illegal aliens to three years, and widened the range of applicants. The U.S. Supreme Court split on the issue, after Antonin Scalia’s death, and upheld a lower court’s judgment that the President overreached his authority.
Earlier this year, President Trump officially nullified DAPA legislation, but faced controversy over keeping much of DACA’s power intact.
If the Trump administration doesn’t make a move by September, it looks like there could be a showdown between Republican states and Republican controlled Washington D.C.
The official letter from Texas AG Paxton can be found here.