After Trump Rescinds DACA, West Virginia AG and Others Drop Threat of Suit

Sep 5, 2017

On the heels of President Donald Trump’s announced change to Obama-era immigration policy, West Virginia’s Attorney General and those in nine other states say they will drop a lawsuit against the federal government.

In a news release, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he applauds Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, and called the Obama Administration’s immigration action “unconstitutional” and “unlawful.”

Trump’s order gives Congress six months to make the program law or allow the Obama executive order to end.

A March 31 report from U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services shows that 117 West Virginia residents have been initially approved for DACA status. Of those residents, hundreds of renewals have also been granted.

Nearly 800,000 people have been approved for the program nationwide.

According to Morrisey’s office, Texas, West Virginia and the eight other states who have threatened to challenge DACA in court, will no longer pursue litigation on the matter.