DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — The legal immigration community has been struggling to fill the gaps left by the recent Supreme Court decision to grant temporary stay to the DACA amnesty program.
And a new federal lawsuit filed Friday by a group of people from across the country, including attorneys from the National Immigration Law Center, seeks to remedy that problem.
The lawsuit says that more than 600,000 people are currently living in immigration detention facilities nationwide.
And the vast majority are young people with few resources.
The National Immigration and Refugee Law Center (NIRLC), the advocacy group, says more than 200,000 young people have been arrested and detained for minor offenses in ICE custody since September 2017.
The group says more people are being arrested every day in immigration custody.
The legal center also says there are currently more than 1,500 young people in ICE detention in Texas.
The suit says that the Obama administration and its sanctuary cities policies created a “hostile environment” that has led to the “abrupt and deadly” death of a 23-year-old Honduran man who was attempting to cross the border in a pickup truck last October.
The case is filed in federal court in Dallas.
It is asking for an injunction barring enforcement of the Supreme Court ruling, which says the Trump administration has the authority to enforce the order that gave a temporary stay on DACA, a federal program that gives temporary work permits to undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children.
“The administration has no interest in making sure that undocumented immigrants are safe, or are treated fairly, or that they can find a job,” said NIRLC Executive Director John Lacey.
The DACA amnesty is now in its final stages, with a final Supreme Court case slated for oral arguments in February.