States seek end of last parts of Obama immigration orders

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She said she called the news conference with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Wednesday to reassure voters in the county that the allegations of fraud were not going forward unchecked.

"I'm confident that he and his investigative and prosecutorial units are committed to assisting us, committed to helping us deal with this issue and get to the bottom of what's happening here in Dallas County as they have done so in other areas in Texas".

In a letter, the coalition urged the Secretary of Homeland Security to rescind a recent memorandum that keeps the program in effect.

Ten Republican state attorneys general on Thursday urged federal authorities to rescind a policy set by former U.S. President Barack Obama that protects from deportation almost 600,000 immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents, known as "Dreamers". DAPA would have protected undocumented parents of USA citizens from deportation, but got blocked in court after Texas sued the administration for overstepping executive authority.

Even so, the pro-DACA advocates said they're anxious that Trump - who overall has intensified immigration enforcement and, as a candidate, promised to end the program on his first day in office - now will use the threat of legal action as an excuse to kill it.

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Instead, it was reported that Trump berated members of the press, attacking them for their negative coverage of him . But the White House Correspondents' Association has come out against changes for the briefings, CBS News reported.

Ten of the states that had succeeded in a sweeping challenge to President Obama's 2014 order that would have delayed deportation of more than 4 million undocumented immigrants acted on Thursday to force an end to a similar 2012 Obama order to protect about 1 million younger immigrants.

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 US before they were 16 and were younger than 30 as of June 2012. Although Trump decried the program during the campaign and promised to "immediately terminate" the program, his administration has yet to do so.

The programs were established by executive order, and Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, said Paxton's letter reinforces the need for Congress to codify DACA and DAPA policies into law. The letter says the attorney generals will drop their current lawsuit against DAPA, filed during the Obama administration, if the administration stops protecting young undocumented immigrants.

Wasden said, "This is part of my office's ongoing efforts to encourage the federal government to respect the separation of powers".

Legendary journalist Lyle Denniston is Constitution Daily's Supreme Court correspondent.

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