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Expert: Texas DACA Challenge Could Drag On

December 17, 2020 (1 min read)

Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 11, 2020

"DACA still faces a huge challenge: On Dec. 22, a federal judge is scheduled to hold a hearing on its legality in a case brought by the state of Texas. The hearing before U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Houston comes after court victories for Dreamers whose attorneys said the Trump administration erred in the ways it tried to end DACA. The Texas case is more significant. ... Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law professor at Cornell Law School, said a decision by Hanen, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, could be grim for DACA recipients. “Given Judge Hanen’s past decisions on this issue, I think he is likely to rule that the DACA program is illegal,” Yale-Loehr said. Appeals, or the issuance of new executive measure by President-elect Joe Biden, could result in long litigation before there’s a final decision, Yale-Loehr said."