A prominent immigration attorney said Thursday that former President Obama’s 2012 DACA quasi-amnesty program will be terminated or frozen if Texas and nine other states implement their June 29 promise to expand their successful lawsuit against illegal immigration programs.
“If they include it in the lawsuit in Texas, we all know how this goes,” attorney David Leopold said in a Facebook video. Texas “Judge [Andrew] Hanen has already ruled that [the 2o14 ‘DAPA’ amnesty] violated the law, and he’s going to do the same thing to DACA.”
According to Breitbart News, “The Texas announcement may be a huge gift to Trump because it could force Democrats to accept pro-American immigration reforms in exchange for a formal legal amnesty of the younger illegals, whose numbers may reach 1 million.”
Reforms that Democrats might be forced to consider include mandatory use of the E-verify system to prohibit companies from hiring of illegals, a reduction to the annual influx of 1 million legal immigrants and 1 million contract workers (such as the H-1B white-collar professionals) and funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Trump has proposed “merit-based” reform that is aimed at raising the productivity and income of Americans.
On Thursday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that read:
“We respectfully request that the Secretary of Homeland Security phase out the  DACA program … Just like [the 2014] DAPA, DACA unilaterally confers eligibility for work authorization and lawful presence without any statutory authorization from Congress.”
Breitbart News reported that “The 10 Attorneys General also set a September 5 deadline for when they will extend their successful lawsuit against the DAPA amnesty to include the 2012 DACA amnesty.”
Implemented by the Obama administration in 2014, DAPA granted partial amnesty to approximately 4 million illegal-alien parents of U.S.-born children. Texas Judge Hanen blocked the amnesty, ruling that it violated U.S. laws. The Trump administration announced in June that it would discontinue DAPA.
DACA, implemented in 2012, is Obama’s amnesty program for young illegals who were brought into the United States as children. Since its establishment, the program has provided approximately 765,000 illegals with two-year work permits and the ability to obtain Social Security cards.
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