California, three other states sue Trump administration over DACA ban
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.