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    Rutledge Statement on President’s Decision to Rescind DACA

    September 5, 2017

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement after the Trump administration responsibly rescinded the overreaching 2012 policy memo from President Barack Obama that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The President established a six month time period for Congress to act.

    “I commend President Trump for rescinding the DACA program created by President Obama,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “While we are a compassionate country, the United States is a country of laws and President Trump recognized that President Obama’s DACA program went far beyond the executive branch’s legal authority. Congress has always been the proper place for this debate, and I am pleased that the President is granting Congress an additional six months to legislatively address this issue.”

    On June 29, Rutledge was part of a 10-state coalition that sent a letter to the Trump administration, giving it until September 5 to announce its plans as it relates to DACA. The coalition promised to voluntarily dismiss their lawsuit if the order was given to rescind DACA.

    Arkansas joined a lawsuit in December 2014, at the request of then Attorney General-elect Rutledge, against the Obama administration that successfully put DAPA on hold as the case worked its way through the courts. Following a win in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision. And ultimately, President Obama’s unilateral immigration policies were blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

    View the Department of Homeland Security’s recession of memorandum providing for DACA here:

    View the 10-state coalition’s letter here:

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