Texas, 6 other states call for the end of DACA program

AG Paxton files for nationwide injunction to halt DACA program
Updated: May. 2, 2018 at 7:04 PM CDT
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(KLTV) - Texas is suing to block the federal government from issuing any more DACA permits.

State Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a motion today seeking a nationwide preliminary injunction to block the program for immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. This comes a day after the same coalition filed a lawsuit to end DACA.

The coalition is asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to stop the federal government from issuing or renewing any DACA permits while the lawsuit is pending.

Related: AG Paxton files for nationwide injunction to halt DACA program

The DACA program protects more than 120,000 immigrants known as "dreamers" in Texas including Antonio Picazo. He said the lawsuit doesn't surprise him.

"I think it's kind of like a political war instead of focusing really on the problem that it's us trying to make the United States a better place," he said.

DACA critics said the program does not properly represent the United State's rule of law.

"Well, I think it's a fantastic and appropriate move, because DACA was put into being not even by an executive order but by some memos that the secretary of homeland security did," U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert said.

Picazo said the uncertainty is what troubles him the most.

"It's kind of like being in a swing, you know, they lift you up and then the next day they bring you down; and then the next day they're like 'oh everything's okay. We're going to do this,' and then the next day the opposite group or whoever is doing this," he said.

In the attorney general's statement, he said three unelected judges are keeping the Trump administration from ending the program.

The lawsuit comes exactly a week after a federal judge in Washington D.C. ordered the Trump administration to continue the program and reopen new applicants. However, that decision was delayed 90-days to allow the administration to make its case.

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