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Tennessee Drops DACA Threat, Urges Legislative Fix

September 03, 2017 (1 min read)

David Weigel, Washington Post, Sept. 1, 2017 - "Tennessee, one of 10 states whose attorneys general had sued to stop the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, pulled out of the lawsuit Friday — a victory for immigration advocates who have been pressuring states to stand down.  In a letter to Tennessee’s two Republican senators, Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III said that his state would leave the lawsuit out of consideration of “the human element,” referring to the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients whose lives would be thrown into chaos. Some 800,000 young people who are in the United States illegally are protected from deportation under the program.  “Many of the DACA recipients, some of whose records I reviewed, have outstanding accomplishments and laudable ambitions, which if achieved, will be of great benefit and service to our country,” Slatery wrote. “They have an appreciation for the opportunities afforded them by our country… our Office has decided not to challenge DACA in the litigation, because we believe there is a better approach.” "