Wendolynn Perez, 23, second from left, a DACA recipient who is now a permanent resident and is originally from Peru, chants with other supporters of immigration reform, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at the White House in Washington. The protesters want to preserve the Obama administration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The Trump administration has said it still has not decided the program's fate.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007;
Physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the DACA request;
Had no lawful status as of June 15, 2012;
Currently in school, graduated from high school, obtained a GED certificate, or was an honorably discharged military veteran;
Not convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors
According to the most recent data available from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 844,931 initial DACA requests had been approved nationwide by June 30, 2016, more than 100,000 of which were in Texas. The only state with more DACA recipients was California, which had more than 200,000 initial requests approved.
On June 15, the Trump administration axed the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA. That program aimed to provide a pathway for undocumented immigrant parents with children who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to be considered for deferred action, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The letter, which was signed by nine other state attorneys general and the governor of Idaho, said that DACA, as with DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents), “confers eligibility for work authorization and lawful presence without any statutory authorization from Congress.”
Paxton wrote that he would pull a lawsuit challenging the deferred action program if the administration complied with the request by Sept. 5. If not, he said the suit would expand to include DACA and remaining expanded DACA permits.