Responding to Texas’ request for an injunction in its challenge of the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Justice Department filed a response late Friday night asking that if one is issued, it be delayed, while making a point of agreeing with the state and several others who claim “that DACA is unlawful.”
The federal government is being sued by Texas and six other states to dismantle the immigration policy, which was put in place by the Obama administration in 2012. It enables individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children to remain in the country without fear of deportation and grants them work permits.
The Justice Department’s resistance to Texas’ request is purely circumstantial: If ordered, the government argues, such an injunction would conflict with separate nationwide injunctions that have already been issued by courts in California and New York, and subject the agency to “inconsistent obligations.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose tenure as the nation’s top law enforcement official has been broadly defined by his pursuit of immigration restrictions, remains deeply opposed to DACA.