Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that Louisiana is amid a seven state coalition against the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Tuesday.
“The Obama Administration pushed through DACA to fit their political narrative and this lawsuit seeks to undo that unlawful action,” said General Landry. “We are a nation of laws not of men and we must act in a way that respects the process of legal citizenship.”
According to the state’s Department of Justice, while the Obama Administration argued that DACA would not grant a pathway to citizenship, it ended up providing a pathway for over 39,000 illegal aliens.
This was all done while only proving legal citizenship to approximately 1,000.
Furthermore, DACA granted lawful presence and work permits to nearly one million illegal aliens.
Last year, President Trump agreed to phase out DACA by March 5.
However, earlier this year, a California U.S. District Court blocked the federal government from ending DACA and the D.C. Circuit Court ruled last week that the Trump Administration had 90 days to fully restore DACA.
“It is simply bad policy to allow the Executive Branch to disregard the process in which laws are created,” said General Landry.
“I have always been an advocate for the separation of powers and today’s lawsuit is another step in ensuring that process is honored.”
General Landry joins other Attorney General’s from Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia in filing today’s lawsuit.