Monday, April 18, 2016

Texas Lawsuit Against Obama's DACA/DAPA Failed To Challenge 1981 Work Authorization Before SCOTUS

Texas Solicitor General representing 26 Republican governors in a joined lawsuit to stop and challenge the legality of Obama's DAPA/DACA policies failed to cite legal arguments during the SCOTUS hearing.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 18, 2016

Washington, D.C. - On Monday, federal attorneys who argued in favor of Obama's DAPA/DACA at the SCOTUS hearing case United States v. Texas today say, they are confident and expect for Justices to rule in favor of their case by June. The Solicitor General for the State of Texas who argued for Texas including 25 other Republican governors who joined the lawsuit case failed to cite any legal argument to make their case against DAPA/DACA.
According to Marielena Hincapié, executive director from the National Immigrant Law Center during a live streaming by Reform Immigration For America stated that "the federal government did an exceptional job in defending DAPA." Hincapié also said, the Solicitor General for Texas didn't known anything about immigration law or was just trying to confuse the Justices. He didn't argue against Obama's legal authority to enact DACA and DAPA, but argued against work authorization and driver licenses for undocumented immigrants under Obama's policies on DACA. The Justices in cross examination questioned that the Solicitor General for Texas was arguing against and challenging the 1981 work authorization enactment under the Reagan administration, but that challenge under another law was not included in the lawsuit before SCOTUS, thus making the current lawsuit before the SCOTUS mute or lacked any standing, Hincapié told a crowd at a rally for support of DAPA/DACA of more than 4,000 people representing at least 16 states in front of the SCOTUS. 
The Justices were left asking, if the Solicitor General of Texas didn't include a challenge of the 1981 work authorization in the lawsuit as the basis of the current case, then why is Texas suing the U.S. government over Obama's legal authority to enact DAPA/DACA? In this case, Texas failed to show any injury, since the state currently issue driver licenses to DACA recipients under Obama's initial DACA policy.
The SCOTUS is expected to rule by the end of June in favor of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which would protect from deportation an estimated 5 million undocumented parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents and an additional 100,000 undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children known as DREAMers.

In video minute 13, Marielena Hincapié explains that U.S. v. Texas case before SCOTUS has no standing as a result of not including and challenging the 1981 work authorization under the Reagan administration in the current lawsuit. Video at:

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