COLUMBIA, SC (WLTX) - SC Attorney General Alan Wilson and officials of ten other states are calling on the Trump administration to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.
The DACA program provides temporary protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children.
In a letter addressed to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 11 state plaintiffs who successfully challenged the Obama Administration’s DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) and Expanded DACA programs ask the Trump administration to stop renewing and issuing DACA permits going forward.
Specifically, they call on the Secretary of Homeland Security to rescind the June 15, 2012 DACA memorandum by September 5, 2017, and to order the Executive Branch to not renew or issue any new DACA or Expanded DACA permits in the future.
If that doesn't happen, they say they'll move forward with a lawsuit currently pending in the Southern District of Texas, amending the complaint to challenge both the DACA program and the remaining Expanded DACA permits.
In the letter, the officials note that complying with their request "does not require the Secretary to alter the immigration enforcement priorities contained in his separate February 20, 2017 memorandum" or require the federal government to remove any alien.
In addition to Wilson, the letter is signed by attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Tennessee and West Virginia, along with the Governor of Idaho.
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