The state of Texas asked a federal judge Wednesday to rule against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which currently shields 700,000 immigrants from deportation. The state argued that the immigrants drain state resources and never should have received federal protection, the Western Journal reported.
“U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen did not immediately issue a ruling Wednesday. But he asked pointed questions of both sides about how this case compared to his ruling three years ago against another expansion of immigrant protections by former President Barack Obama.
“In that case, Hanen ruled against an expansion of DACA and new protections for immigrant parents. A federal appeals court sided with Hanen and the U.S. Supreme Court split 4-4, leaving his ruling in place. The expanded protections never went into effect.”
If Hanen were to rule in Texas’ favor, his decision would go against the decision three other federal judges who have blocked President Donald Trump’s administration from ending the program.
Experts have stated that this conflict could draw the attention of the higher courts, quite possibly the U.S. Supreme Court.
DACA, created by the Obama administration in 2012, has authorized around 700,000 people brought to the U.S. illegally as children to obtain work permits and driver’s licenses.
Texas joined Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia in filing a lawsuit to halt the program in May, arguing that DACA recipients drain millions of dollars in education, health care, law enforcement funding and that they take jobs from American citizens.