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Paxton goes after DACA

I have no words.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and officials from nine other states on Thursday urged the Trump administration to end an Obama-era program that’s allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to live and work in the country without fear of being deported.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Paxton urged the White House to rescind the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. DACA applies to undocumented immigrants that came to the country before they were 16 years old and were 30 or younger as of June 2012. It awards recipients a renewable, two-year work permit and a reprieve from deportation proceedings.

As of August 2016, more than 220,000 undocumented immigrants in Texas had applied for a permit or a renewal of one under the program, and nearly 200,000 of those have been approved, according to government statistics. It’s the second-highest total behind California’s estimated 387,000 applications and 359,000 approvals during the same time frame.

“We respectfully request that the Secretary of Homeland Security phase out the DACA program,” Paxton wrote. He was joined by the attorneys general of Arkansas, Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia, as well as Idaho Gov. C.L. Otter.

“Specifically, we request that the Secretary of Homeland Security rescind the June 15, 2012 DACA memorandum and order that the Executive Branch will not renew or issue any new DACA or Expanded DACA permits in the future,” Paxton wrote.

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The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, blasted the move and warned the signatories they’ll be remembered for being on the wrong side of history.

“Their evident xenophobia is not remotely consistent with the trajectory of our nation’s history and future progress,” MALDEF president and general counsel Thomas Saenz said in a statement. “Their political careers and each of their states will suffer from their mean-spirited stupidity.”

I don’t even know what to say about this. It’s cruel, it’s stupid, and I can’t think of a meaningful definition of “Christian” that would allow for it. The one sure to be effective thing we can do about this is to elect an Attorney General who won’t pull this crap. Nothing will change until we change who we elect. The Press, the Current, and Daily Kos have more.

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2 Comments

  1. General Grant says:

    You gotta understand that in Republican politics, Christianity is solely the province of the genitalia.

  2. Bill Daniels says:

    This action should be successful, since the exact same legal argument that defeated DAPA is in play. What this does is push illegal immigration back front and center for Congress to address. Congress will have to do something in response to the defeat of DACA. They can either pass a law to address these people, or they can do nothing. Either way, America has made a decision.

    It’s a tough issue, but really, if we actually want to have borders and want to stop illegal immigration, then we have to send the dreamers back. That’s harsh, but that’s the only way to prevent future parents of dreamers from coming here illegally. We have to let parents know this strategy no longer works, in order to dissuade future lawbreaking. We’ve been through all this before, when Reagan gave the last amnesty. That amnesty just made things worse, as it encouraged new generations of people to come here illegally, and wait for the next amnesty.

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