State joins DACA suit

Published 4:00 am Friday, May 4, 2018

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Landry announced a seven-state coalition against the Obama administration’s unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, according to a press release from Landry’s office.

“The Obama Administration pushed through DACA to fit their political narrative and this lawsuit seeks to undo that unlawful action,” Landry said. “We are a nation of laws not of men and we must act in a way that respects the process of legal citizenship.”

Landry said that while the Obama Administration argued that DACA would not grant a pathway to citizenship, it ended up providing a pathway for over 39,000 illegal aliens while only proving legal citizenship to approximately 1,000. Furthermore, DACA granted lawful presence and work permits to nearly one million illegal aliens, Landry said.

Last year, following a call from Attorneys General, President Trump agreed to phase out DACA by March 5. However, earlier this year a California U.S. District Court blocked the federal government from ending DACA and the D.C. Circuit Court ruled last week that the Trump Administration had 90 days to fully restore DACA.

“It is simply bad policy to allow the executive branch to disregard the process in which laws are created,” Landry said. “I have always been an advocate for the separation of powers and today’s lawsuit is another step in ensuring that process is honored.

Landry joined attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia in filing Tuesday’s lawsuit.