U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen declined Friday to order an immediate halt to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era initiative that allowed 700,000 young people, known as “Dreamers,” to avoid deportation.
The decision was a blow to Texas and seven other states that hoped Hanen would find the program objectionable. However, Hanen suggested in his opinion that President Obama had no authority to impose it, and he may rule in their favor when the case goes to trial. A Justice Department spokesman said, “DACA is an unlawful attempt to circumvent Congress, and we are pleased the court agreed today.”
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