A deportation relief program for so-called DREAMers established during the Obama administration may soon face a legal challenge and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the Trump administration won’t commit to defending it, The Daily Caller reports.
Speaking to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Kelly said that although he supports the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), he wouldn’t commit to become its champion.
Kelly also told the lawmakers that the attorneys he had consulted told him DACA wouldn’t survive a legal challenge.
Republican attorney generals from 10 states led by Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions informing him that they will file a lawsuit against the federal government if it doesn’t start the process of phasing out the DACA program.
Created in 2012, DACA provides relief from deportation and work permits to children of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally.
Former President Barack Obama wanted to use the program to protect about 790,000 illegal immigrants who came to the country as minors.