The Trump administration is urging a federal court in Texas to declare the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, illegal, setting up a potential conflict that could allow the government to shut the program down within weeks.
In a motion filed last week, the Justice Department told a judge in Texas the program violates federal law. If the judge orders the government to stop enforcing DACA, the ruling would conflict with earlier orders from two other federal courts.
In that case, the government would ask the Supreme Court to put a hold on all lower court rulings and, if the justices agreed, the Trump administration would be free to shut DACA down immediately.
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