The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program won’t be invalidated in Texas, despite the best efforts from lawmakers in the state. Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen stepped in on Friday and refused the state’s request to invalidate DACA. The judge also issued a stern warning for individuals who are currently participating in the program.
Judge Hanen told lawmakers they waited far too long to file a lawsuit and their actions against the program would now cause measurable harm against public interests.
The judge then issued a stern warning to participants, alerting them to the fact that DACA would likely eventually be deemed illegal in the eyes of the court.
“The Court did not grant the preliminary injunction as it found that the States had delayed seeking this relief for years, that the balance of private interests fell in favor of the denial of the requested relief, and that implementing the relief at this point in time was contrary to the best interests of the public,” Hanen ruled.
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Judge Hanen says DACA is “contrary to the Administrative Procedure Act.”
“Plaintiff States have shown a likelihood of success on the merits of their claim that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals… program is contrary to the Administrative Procedure Act… The court also found that the Plaintiff States had made a clear showing of irreparable injury,” Hanen believes.
DACA was created by the Obama administration in an attempt to allow children to remain in the United States if they were born in America and their parents are in the country illegally.
President Trump attempted to hold DACA hostage in an attempt to pass a spending bill that would provide billions of dollars in taxpayer funds to build his southern border wall. When Dems refused to budge, Trump backed off his rhetoric.
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