Kris W. Kobach: DACA Is Finally Dead at Last

Kris W. Kobach: DACA Is Finally Dead at Last


On Friday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas issued an opinion striking down President Obama’s illegal DACA (“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”) executive action, which was announced more than nine years ago.  

DACA allowed virtually any illegal alien up to the age of 31 (as of June 15, 2012, when it was announced) who claimed that he entered the United States before the age of 16 to gain “deferred action” and remain in the country.  The alien also became eligible for employment authorization.  In practice, it ended up being an amnesty for more than 886,000 illegal aliens up to the age of 39 who received permission to stay in the United States, along with work authorization allowing them to compete against young Americans for the same jobs.

But DACA was illegal and unconstitutional from the beginning.  Only Congress can grant an

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