Seven States Sue Trump Administration to End DACA, Setting Up Conflict Among Federal Courts

Seven states—Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, and West Virginia—have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in federal court in Brownsville, Texas, calling for an end to the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The complaint alleges that President Obama exceeded his constitutional authority in creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

Although President Trump announced in September 2017 that he would end DACA, three federal courts have blocked him from doing so. A ruling in this case sets up conflicting rulings in the federal courts, which makes intervention by the US Supreme Court likely. The Supreme Court in February declined to review one of the other rulings by a lower court, stating that an appellate court should hear the case first.

DACA allows an estimated 700,000 young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children to stay and work in the country.

Additional reading

Texas, 6 Other States Sue Trump Administration, Seeking An End To DACA, NPR, May 1, 2018

Case Docket for Texas v. United States (S.D. Tex.) via Justia Dockets

Case Docket for The Regents of the University of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (N.D. Cal.) via Justia Dockets (Judge Alsup’s January 9, 2018, order here)

Case Docket for New York v. Trump and Vidal v. Neilsen (E.D.N.Y.) via Justia Dockets (Judge Garaufis’s February 13, 2018, order here)

Case Docket for NAACP v. Trump and Trustees of Princeton University v. United States (D.D.C.) via Justia Dockets (Judge Bates’s April 24, 2018, order here)