Less than a month after the 2014 election that saw Republicans take control of the Senate, Barack Obama issued an executive memo known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The memo calls for the delayed deportation and issuing of work permits to millions of illegal aliens. The number of illegals covered by the executive memo was estimated to be around 5 million. Shortly after Obama issued the executive memo, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson expanded the terms of the memo. His expansion was estimated to keep a total of 10 to 20 million illegals in the US.
Texas filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Obama’s DACA memo. It didn’t take long for 25 other states to join the Texas lawsuit. They not only question the legality of DACA but they argue that it will cost the states millions of dollars and that the memo provides no federal funding to cover those costs, placing an undue financial burden upon the states.
Federal Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction against the delayed deportation. Obama administration attorneys have spent most of this year trying to get the injunction overturned. The case moved to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
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