Federal court upholds dismissal of lawsuit against Obama’s DACA program
A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by immigration agents and the state of Mississippi over President Obama’s Deferred Action program for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) established in 2012.
“Neither Mississippi nor the agents have alleged a sufficiently concrete and particularized injury that would give Plaintiffs standing to challenge DACA,” reads the opinion by the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
The same court will hear arguments April 17 on another series of immigration actions intended to offer a relief to approximately 5 million undocumented immigrants, and which were announced by the president last year.
The first one would expand the deferred action program for undocumented youth (DACA) implemented in 2012 by allowing an additional number of "dreamers" to apply for a protection from deportation and a work permit. The second one, known as DAPA, would allow parents of American citizens or residents to apply for the same protections.
However the president’s actions were blocked last month by a Federal Judge in Texas following a lawsuit by a coalition of 26 states, and the administration filed an appeal.