Butch Otter is the only governor who's joined 10 state attorneys general - including Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden - in signing a letter urging the Trump Administration to phase out the DACA program, which has provided deportation relief and access to work permits to almost 788,000 "Dreamers", or undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as young children. If the Department of Homeland Security doesn't voluntarily comply with Paxton's wishes by September, then Paxton will try to bring down DACA in federal court.
In a letter on Thursday, the Republican attorneys general asked that DHS abolish the DACA program going forward, while noting that the government did not have to rescind permits that had already been issued. Texas led the multi-state challenge to kill that policy, too. In a Thursday letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Paxton gave the Trump Administration an ultimatum - and a deadline. Leo Morales, Idaho ACLU executive director, said, "The DACA program has allowed many young people to pursue an education, work, and contribute to our communities across Idaho".
Top Republican officials in 10 states are threatening to take legal action against the Trump administration if it does not end an Obama-era program that has granted deportation reprieves to almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in this country as children. No surprise the Trump justice department earlier this month officially dropped the case and said it would no longer fight to uphold it in court.
The Obama immigration policy "unilaterally confers eligibility for work authorization and lawful presence without any statutory authorization from Congress".
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Paxton is now asking the Trump administration to "phase out" DACA and stop issuing any future permits.
"This will potentially force the Trump administration to review its stance on this or have to defend something that they were originally in favor of rescinding themselves", said Mike Jareki, who practices law in Chicago and is part of the American Immigration Lawyers Association advocacy committee. "Otherwise, the complaint in that case will be amended to challenge both the DACA program and the remaining Expanded DACA permits", they write.
State legal officials in Texas had repeatedly filed lawsuits against the Obama Administration, on a wide array of policies.