(Reuters) – A U.S. judge in Texas will hear arguments on Tuesday in a lawsuit that could end an embattled program that grants deportation relief to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States as children.
The case is one of the most significant challenges yet to the legally and politically contentious Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by former U.S. President Barack Obama in 2012.
A nine-state coalition led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is seeking to end DACA, arguing that Obama created the program without going through the correct regulatory steps and exceeded his executive authority.
Republican President Donald Trump moved to end DACA in 2017, but the Supreme Court found that his administration’s efforts were “arbitrary and capricious” and did not follow proper procedures.
The Supreme Court did not rule on the overarching legality of the DACA program, but that matter could be addressed in the Texas-led lawsuit being heard on Tuesday.
Paxton also led the multi-state effort to get the presidential election results from four states thrown out, which the Supreme Court swiftly rejected.