DACA Faces New Legal Battle in New Orleans – NBC Chicago

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – Immigrant advocates hear this Wednesday in a Federal Court of Appeals in New Orleans a new chapter in the existing legal battle over the issue of the executive order that gave a benefit that prevents the deportation of thousands of people brought to the United States when they were kids.

A federal judge in Texas ruled last year that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals(DACA for its acronym in English) was illegal, but agreed to let the provision remain in force in its current form for those who already benefited from it during the appeals.

Although a sentence is not expected at today’s hearing in the 5th Court of Appealsthe stage does serve as a stage to vindicate what has been achieved by hundreds of thousands of immigrants sheltered by this program issued during President Barack Obama.

The Department of Justice defends the program together with the state of New Jersey, organizations such as the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and a coalition of large companies – Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft, among others – according to which the DACA recipients are “employees, consumers, and job creators.”

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Texasthe main plaintiff along with eight other Republican-leaning states, argues that DACA was approved without going through the proper legal and administrative channels and that the illegal stay of immigrants in the country harms them economically.

“DACA imposes classic damages to the pocket of the states through the cost of social services, public health and education”, argued the Texas lawyers in an act, according to which the state spends tens of millions in medical services for the immigrants who are in the country illegally.

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DACA advocates contend that the state has not shown that ending the program would not bring about a reduction in those costs. They say Texas weakened its financial harm argument by waiting six years before challenging the program. In addition, they argue that DACA recipients cut costs in Texas because many of them have jobs with health benefits and many are homeowners whose property taxes support schools.

DACA has faced numerous lawsuits since then President Obama created it by decree in 2012. His successor Donald Trump tried to eliminate it, but the Supreme Court ruled that he had not done it properly, brought it back to life and allowed new demands, such as the from Texas.



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