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7 states sue Trump administration to end DACA programme

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 May 2018 12:00 AM GMT

Washington, May 2: Seven US states led by Texas has sued President Donald Trump’s administration in an attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, the media reported. The lawsuit - joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia - on Tuesday asserted that the former Obama administration overstepped its authority when it created the programme, which allows individuals who were brought to the US illegally as children to remain in the country, without congressional approval, The New York Times reported. “The executive unilaterally conferred lawful presence and work authorisation on otherwise unlawfully present aliens, and then the executive used that lawful-presence ‘dispensation’ to unilaterally confer US citizenship,” the lawsuit said.

It calls on the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas to “immediately rescind and cancel all DACA permits currently in existence because they are unlawful”, or at a minimum to block the government “from issuing or renewing DACA permits in the future, effectively phasing out the program within two years”. Trump, too who wants to get rid of DACA, had ordered an end to the programme in September and called on Congress to pass a replacement law, though it has not been done so. The repeal has been delayed by legal challenges.

Last week, a federal judge in Washington ruled that the government must keep the programme in place and start accepting applications again, unless it can provide a stronger legal justification for abandoning it. Federal judges have also ordered the administration to preserve DACA, reports The New York Times. (IANS)

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