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Top Stories: Texas Among States Urging Justice Department To Wind Down DACA

Jun 30, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is urging the Justice Department to stop accepting new applications and renewals for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.

Paxton, nine other state attorneys general, and the governor of Idaho want the agency to phase out DACA. The Trump Administration has allowed the program to remain in effect. But the 10-state coalition wants the White House to rescind the policy by Sept. 5. If not, they'll bring the issue to court.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) denounced the move.

The DACA program is an immigration policy from President Obama's administration that awards a renewable, two-year work permit to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before they were 16 and were younger than 30 as of June 2012. More than 200,000 undocumented immigrants in Texas have work permits under the program.

Other stories this morning:

  • As the year anniversary approaches, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings reflects on the July 7 shooting of five police and DART officers.

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