Trump May Let DACA Die by Declining to Defend It in Court


President Donald Trump may keep his campaign promise to rescind DACA — President Barack Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program — by allowing a lawsuit by Texas and ten other states to go undefended, according to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

The Washington Post reports that Kelly — who personally supports the program — met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Wednesday to warn them that over 800,000 illegal aliens protected by DACA may be subject to deportation if the administration declines to defend it from a court challenge.

‘This is what he’s being told by different attorneys, that if it goes to court it might not survive,’ DHS spokesman David Lapan told the Post. If Congress does not pass a bill to protect the program, he added, “they’re leaving it in the hands of the courts to make a decision.”

Eleven states, including Texas, are calling the president’s bluff on DACA, threatening a lawsuit to hold the president to his word. They’ve given him until September 5 to rescind the controversial program.

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