(WSPA) – South Carolina has joined six other states suing the federal government over DACA, a program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of immigrants to stay in the country legally.
They’re calling for U.S. District Courts to declare DACA unlawful.
State Attorney General Alan Wilson said President Obama did not have the power to help immigrants gain citizenship when he established the program.
“We don’t want to hurt any of these children, but this lawsuit is not about immigration policy. We’re required to uphold the rule of law,” Wilson said. “We argue that then-President Obama did not have the power to grant lawful presence and work authorization to people who are in this country unlawfully. If it stands, DACA would give the executive branch the power to ignore the laws enacted by Congress.”
According to a news release, South Carolina now joins other states in the lawsuit, including Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and West Virginia.