May 2, 2018

Seven states sue to end DACA protection for "Dreamers"

Immigration activists at a march. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Texas and six other states filed a lawsuit against the federal government Tuesday calling for an end to the DACA program, which provides legal status to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Why it matters: The lawsuit is technically against the Trump administration, but it has already tried to end the DACA program, only to be met with nationwide injunctions. Even if the judge rules in Texas' favor, those injunctions remain in place. Only the Supreme Court can change things now, according to immigration attorney Leon Fresco.

Who's suing: Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Where it stands:

  • The two injunctions by California and New York judges have allowed DACA recipients to continue renewing their status.
  • At the end of last month, a third federal judge from D.C. ruled that if the Department of Homeland Security can't offer a better reason for terminating DACA, it will have to begin accepting new applications for the legal protections as well — effectively reinstating DACA.

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Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued across the U.S., inciting a federal response from President Trump, the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: Immigration agents have been deployed to assist federal, state and local law enforcement. The U.S. Secret Service closed the streets immediately on all four sides of the White House Tuesday, until "riots become peaceful, or stop."

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NASA passes the torch

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With the historic crewed SpaceX launch last weekend, NASA passed the torch to private companies that will need to step up to build the economy the space agency envisions in orbit.

Why it matters: This new era of spaceflight will likely be marked by new conflicts — possibly including product placement (like the Tesla that drove the astronauts to the pad on Saturday), safety concerns and cultural differences between companies, the space agencies and people they serve.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 6,309,107 — Total deaths: 376,885 — Total recoveries — 2,725,627Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 p.m. ET: 1,812,742 — Total deaths: 105,475 — Total recoveries: 458,231 — Total tested: 17,340,682Map.
  3. Public health: Protests against police brutality threaten coronavirus response — Controlling the coronavirus in nursing homes won't be easy.
  4. Business: More than 1 in 6 black workers lost jobs between February and April.
  5. Climate: The alarm over climate financial risk gets louder because of coronavirus.
  6. Media: Interest in the George Floyd protests has soared past the coronavirus.