WASHINGTON (AP) – A lawsuit filed last week in Texas that seeks to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could create a legal clash that speeds the issue’s path to the Supreme Court.
President Donald Trump’s decision in September to phase out the Obama-era DACA program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation resulted in protests and a failed congressional effort to salvage it. Experts say it’s a matter of when, not if, the Supreme Court will rule on the program.
If Texas and six other states persuade a judge to issue a nationwide order barring the government from continuing DACA, that decision could conflict with existing judges’ orders telling the government it must partially continue the program. The Supreme Court might then step in quickly.