Federal judge allows 'Dreamers' to intervene in lawsuit challenging DACA
Nearly two weeks after a coalition of states led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit seeking an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a federal judge in Brownsville on Tuesday allowed 22 DACA recipients, or "Dreamers", to intervene in the lawsuit against the 2012 immigration initiative.
As CBS 4 News previously reported, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, filed a motion for intervention last week against the Texas-led lawsuit challenging DACA.
MALDEF represents 22 young immigrants who argued that they would “be inadequately represented by the Trump administration officials named as defendants in the litigation, given the administration’s public opposition to DACA,” according to a news release from MALDEF.
On Tuesday, Judge Andrew S. Hanen granted the motion after neither party indicated an intention to oppose intervention.
MALDEF Vice President of Litigation Nina Perales stated in a new release sent to CBS 4 News:
“DREAMers will now participate in the case on equal footing with the states challenging DACA and the federal government. The DACA intervenors will be able to speak for themselves to counter the retrograde arguments by Texas and a handful of states that want to end DACA for the entire nation.”
The lawsuit was filed on May 1.