August 24, 2017

Texas vs. the DREAMers, Again


On August 24, 2017, ACS hosted a call on the most recent challenge to DACA. In June 2012, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (“DACA”), which allowed qualifying young people who were brought to the United States as children to request that any removal action against them be deferred in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Subsequent programs (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) and the 2014 “expanded DACA”) were preliminarily enjoined by a Texas federal judge, whose decision was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and ultimately by an evenly divided U.S. Supreme Court. Now the Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, and 10 other state Attorneys General have written to Attorney General Sessions indicating their intent to challenge the 2012 DACA in court unless the administration agrees to rescind the program by September 5, 2017.

Caroline Fredrickson, ACS President, Moderator
Lorella Praeli, ACLU Director of Immigration Policy and Campaigns
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar, Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Penn State Law