On Wednesday, a group of Democratic attorneys-general filed the multi-state lawsuit to block Mr Trump's latest immigration policy and maintain the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme. They would prefer that the executive branch, or the courts, handle this matter, though this is clearly the purview of the Congress. "He is at once taking responsibility for an action that has a significant impact on hundreds of thousands of lives, and absolving himself but giving Congress ambiguous guidance".
It isn't hard. They merely draft a bill that legalizes DACA, call for a vote, send the passed bill on to the Senate where the Senate should pass it and then send it to President Trump for his signature.
Besides the human cost, a DACA rollback could cause repercussions to the national economy that would be felt in every state.
The White House, however, has said it wasn't prioritizing recipients in its immigration enforcement.
Yet leverage-wise, it's unclear what the Democrats will gain by pushing the DACA debate to the future. That six months is supposed to be enough time for Congress to pass legislation to keep DACA recipients here. "While the plaintiffs in today's lawsuits may believe that an arbitrary circumvention of Congress is lawful, the Department of Justice looks forward to defending this administration's position". Mr Trump said in a post on Twitter. But that doesn't settle the matter.
Bill Donohue is President and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. In his court decision forestalling an expansion of DACA and a similar program for parents, which formed the legal basis of Paxton and the other attorneys general's threats, Hanen cited the APA's regulatory requirements.
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Hanen determined that move needed formal rulemaking to be put in place. She pointed out that "there are over 4 million unemployed Americans in the same age group [as the Dreamers]". It's made up of people like Warren Buffet, Tim Cook of Apple, Jeff Bezos with Amazon, and more. It would be shortsighted and against our own interest to simply (and cruelly) "throw them away". "On the other hand, they do now have this precedent that establishing it requires APA procedure".
DACA allows undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as kids to legally get jobs, go to school and, in some states, get a driver's license.
Republicans are wary of the backlash against the President's decision - and the possibility that it will prompt a greater Latino turnout in the November 2018 mid-term congressional elections, in which the Democratic Party will be trying to claw back seats in the House. "I wish them well, but as far as I can tell, I think they've got a less than 50% chance of winning in court".
In total, 10 states in favor of an end to DACA - Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, and West Virginia - may stand to lose more than $8 billion annually in GDP.
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