May 01, 2018

Texas and six other states are suing the Trump administration over its failure to terminate an Obama-era program that provides work permits to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

The lawsuit signals growing GOP frustration with President Trump’s struggles to advance his immigration policies and could lead to conflicting federal court decisions that would put the fates of 690,000 immigrants known as “dreamers” in the hands of a deeply divided Supreme Court.

Joseph Sellers, counsel for the NAACP and other plaintiffs in the D.C. DACA lawsuit, said the Texas lawsuit is a “troubling” development that could force a showdown in the Supreme Court.

After a California federal judge halted Trump’s plans to phase out DACA, the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to hear the case before an appeals court ruled on the matter. The high court declined.

Sellers said a multistate conflict might persuade the court to take up the matter more quickly. “It’s very hard to administer immigration policy as a patchwork,” he said. “You have to have the same immigration policy in Texas as you do in New Jersey.”

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