Cal­i­for­nia, three other states sue Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion over DACA ban

Global Times US Edition - - USSOCIETY -

The at­tor­neys gen­eral of Cal­i­for­nia, Maine, Mary­land and Min­nesota filed a joint law­suit at a fed­eral court on Mon­day over Pres­i­dent Trump’s de­ci­sion to end DACA, a pro­gram that pro­tects young im­mi­grants from de­por­ta­tion.

Cal­i­for­nia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Xavier Be­cerra said Trump’s move to re­scind the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals (DACA) pro­gram that pro­tected th­ese im­mi­grants from de­por­ta­tion and gave them work per­mits would be “an eco­nomic trav­esty” for the most pop­u­lous US state, which de­pends on im­mi­grant la­bor, Reuters re­ported.

Mon­day’s law­suit ar­gued that end­ing the pro­gram dis­crim­i­nates against its par­tic­i­pants, and “vi­o­lates fun­da­men­tal con­cep­tions of jus­tice,” by de­priv­ing them of a right to work legally and fur­ther their ed­u­ca­tion, sf­gate.com re­ported.

“There is no state that will be more eco­nom­i­cally im­pacted by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s un­con­sti­tu­tional and il­le­gal ter­mi­na­tion of DACA than Cal­i­for­nia,” Be­cerra said at a Sacramento news con­fer­ence, not­ing that Cal­i­for­nia is home to a quar­ter of the 800,000 young peo­ple in the DACA pro­gram, the Los An­ge­les Times re­ported.

Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown sup­ported the lat­est chal­lenge. “Cal­i­for­nia stands with the mil­lions of im­mi­grants who make this state a vi­brant and pros­per­ous place,” Brown said in a state­ment, as LA Times re­ported. “We are in­vest­ing mil­lions of dol­lars in new le­gal aid to help law-abid­ing peo­ple stay with their fam­i­lies in the US.”

The suit is the third in the past week to chal­lenge Trump’s plan to end the DACA pro­gram un­less Congress en­acts it by law in six months. An ad­di­tional 15 states and the District of Columbia filed the first suit in New York fed­eral court, fol­lowed by a suit from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, said the sf­gate.com.

Trump last week said he would end the pro­gram, which was cre­ated in 2012 by his Demo­cratic pre­de­ces­sor Barack Obama, ef­fec­tive in March, Reuters re­ported.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Ma­jor­ity Leader Kevin McCarthy, plan to hud­dle Wed­nes­day to be­gin dis­cussing leg­is­la­tion that would pro­vide pro­tec­tions to nearly 700,000 “dream­ers” at risk of los­ing their le­gal sta­tus in six months if Congress fails to act, said the Wash­ing­ton Post.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.