The lawsuit would end the program that allows undocumented immigrants brought into the U.S.as children to live within American borders.
But multiple lawsuits were filed challenging the way Trump ended the program - resulting in multiple federal judges putting the brakes on the move and ordering the Department of Homeland Security to resume processing renewals for the roughly 700,000 participants in the program.
Others voiced their fear about DACA in Nebraska after Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson joined the seven-state lawsuit to end the program, calling it unconstitutional. If a federal judge in Texas make a ruling terminating DACA after several courts elsewhere made rulings keeping it in place, it would create conflicting decisions that exacerbate the legal limbo and could eventually land DACA in the Supreme Court.
"Congress had the opportunity to act by March 5", the UT student said, "and their lack of action has resulted in the continuous pushback from states like Texas and people like Ken Paxton, who want to get rid of a program that has only been beneficial to the state and the country".
But even Trump has said he has a soft spot for the roughly 800,000 immigrants protected from deportation under the program, and has urged Congress to pass legislation to give them a pathway to citizenship.
The states in Tuesday's lawsuit have 131,280 DACA recipients as of January, according to the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, but Texas, by far, has the bulk of those, with 111,670.
"Since then, three activist federal judges have blocked the federal government from canceling DACA", Paxton explained.
"The rule of law must be upheld", he added. "Left intact, DACA sets a risky precedent by giving the executive branch sweeping authority to ignore the laws enacted by Congress and change our nation's immigration laws to suit a president's own policy preferences".
The coalition started to dissolve in September ahead of that deadline, but Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFeinstein, facing primary, backs legal weed in California GOP chairs press DOJ for information on Comey friend who shared memo to press House GOP chair calls for investigation into FBI's Clinton Foundation probe MORE alluded to its court challenge as part of the rationale behind DACA's reversal.
In a statement, Dallas state Rep. Rafael Anchia, the chairman of the Texas House's Mexican American Legislative Caucus, blasted Paxton's lawsuit for going against the wishes of the majority of Americans who believe DACA should be left intact.
Gilberto Hinojosa, head of the Texas Deomcratic Party, said Paxton's lawsuit was especially cruel given the circumstances of many DACA recipients.
The states argue in their court filing that "This court has authority to immediately rescind and cancel all DACA permits now in existence because they are unlawful".
In announcing the case, Paxton said DACA is to blame for work permits being approved for "nearly one million unlawfully present aliens without congressional approval". This objective of this pursuit has never been to steer immigration policy, but to rightfully return policymaking to the legislative branch of government'.