The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday it will halt plans to begin implementing President Barack Obama’s plans to expand deferred action programs for millions of people living in the U.S. illegally, following a federal judge’s injunction late Monday.
Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that Texas has legal standing to challenge Obama’s executive action, which would provide work permits and other documents to millions here illegally, including the parents of citizens and lawful residents and those brought to the U.S. as children. He also issued an injunction preventing DHS from accepting applications for enrollment in the programs until the case, which includes 22 other states, is decided on the merits.
The White House said Tuesday it strongly opposed the decision, and the Department of Justice has promised to appeal. But in the interim, plans to begin accepting applications for the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Wednesday…
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