Nine Republican-controlled states have asked a federal judge in Texas to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in its entirety over two years. According to a CBS News report, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the DACA program was never properly authorized under federal law and, therefore, should be terminated. The legal action could affect nearly 600,000 immigrants known as "Dreamers" who have been protected from deportation under the program and received the ability to work legally in the United States. [tweet_embed] February 1, 2023[/tweet_embed] The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, requests an end to all DACA benefits, including work permits and protection from deportation. The Republican-controlled states argue that the DACA program was never properly authorized and, as a result, does not stand as legal under federal law. The complaint states that the DACA policy has encouraged “hundreds of thousands of people to come to the United States and remain here in violation of the law.” Ken Paxton, the Texas attorney general who initiated the lawsuit, said that ending DACA would “mitigate the risk of harm to the States, their economies, and the citizens of those States caused by the DACA policy.” He added that the lawsuit was meant not just to challenge the DACA policy but to restore “the rule of law and return decision-making to Congress, where it belongs.” The lawsuit was filed on January 31, 2023, and is supported by Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, and West Virginia, as well as Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves and Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab. It came as a response to President Biden’s pledge to reverse President Trump’s 2017 decision to end the DACA program. The DACA program was established under former President Obama in 2012, and since then, more than 600,000 immigrants who were brought to the US as children have been granted protection from deportation and the ability to work legally in the US. The move to shut down the DACA program has been met with opposition from various groups, including immigrant rights organizations, business leaders, and Democratic lawmakers, including The American Civil Liberties Union, who have accused the states of “seeking to strip away legal protections from hundreds of thousands of people.” President Biden has continuously expressed his support for the program and has vowed to protect the rights of Dreamers. The case is expected to be heard in the coming months and potentially end up in the Supreme Court. The decision will have far-reaching impacts on immigration policy.