Federal Judge Rejects Texas’ Request to End DACA

BATTERY PARK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2018/02/15: 11 undocumented youth and allies began The Walk to Stay Home, a 15-day walk from New York Citys Battery Park to Washington D.C.s Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. The 250-mile journey has been organized by the Seed Project with the support of the #OurDream Campaign to draw attention to the need for a clean Dream Act that not only grants permanent protection for undocumented youth but does not harm 11 million undocumented people living and working in the United States. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

A Texas federal judge on Friday denied the state’s request to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), saying the state waited too long to file suit and that ending the program could be harmful. The judge, however, did predict that DACA would eventually end, saying the program is likely illegal. “DACA is a popular program and one that Congress should consider saving,” District Judge Andrew Hanen wrote in the ruling. Nevertheless, “this court will not succumb to the temptation to set aside legal principles and to substitute its judgment in lieu of legislative action. If the nation truly wants to have a DACA program, it is up to Congress to say so,” he wrote.

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SOURCE: The Daily Beast