Texas Leads Charge to End Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants Who Arrived as Children

Jul 2, 2017

Ken Paxton
Credit Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Texas and nine other conservative states are threatening to sue the Trump administration unless the White House stops offering deportation relief and work permits to so-called “DREAMers.”

The term refers to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. at a young age. The Obama administration attested that, since these immigrants arrived in the country as children, they should not be punished in the same way as those who arrived as adults. But Texas and nine other states, including Kansas and Nebraska, disagree. They feel that the Trump administration isn’t being tough enough on immigrants.

As POLITICO reports, the attorneys general of the ten states signed a letter to the Justice Department this week, asking for an end to amnesty for DREAMers. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote the letter and was the first to sign.