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Alabama files lawsuit against federal government to end DACA

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said his goal with the lawsuit is not to deport anyone,...
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said his goal with the lawsuit is not to deport anyone, just to follow the rule of the law. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)
Updated: May. 2, 2018 at 8:34 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama has joined six other states in suing the federal government to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, otherwise known as DACA.

DACA is a President Obama-era policy that protects those brought to the country illegally as children. It's a policy that has faced years of controversy. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said he is fighting DACA because it goes against the rule of law.

"If we allow political pressure to dictate pressure contrary to the truth of the law then we are no constitutional authority or structure," Marshall said.

The lawsuit could put an end to DACA, the "dreamers" program. Back in 2014, there was a similar lawsuit filed in the same court, which dealt with DAPA, with the P standing for parents. It was ruled unconstitutional.

"They are legally the same, they come from orders that come from the Obama administration that violate the constitution," Marshall said.

If DACA were to end, thousands living in Alabama could be at risk. Marshall said he is aware of the emotional side of the argument, and he says his goal is not to deport anyone, just to follow the rule of the law.

"Now it is on congress to act in this theatre because it's their responsibility, not the presidents to grant status to certain individuals," he said.

Multiple lawsuits have also been filed in places like Washington D.C. to keep DACA alive. Alabama's lawsuit will be heard by the same judge who ruled the DACA program as unconstitutional.

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