California Sues Trump Administration Over DACA Decision
On Monday, September 11th, California sued the Trump Administration, the first challenge against the President’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The state is home to a quarter of the 800,000 people who are enrolled in the program.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued on grounds that the repeal violates due process rights, and will ultimately damage the state’s economy.
Attorney Nicholas Mireles believes that “ending DACA will have dire consequences across the board, destroying the futures of some of our country’s brightest young people.”
Other states including Maine, Minnesota and Maryland have joined the lawsuit, arguing that repealing DACA “may lead to the untenable outcome that the [Trump] Administration will renege on the promise it made to Dreamers and their employers that information they gave to the government for their participation in the program will not be used to deport them or prosecute their employers.”
The California lawsuit argues that the termination of DACA is “a culmination of President Trump’s oft-stated commitments…to punish and disparage people with Mexican Roots.” New York Attorney General A.G. Schneiderman notes that more than 78% of people enrolled in DACA came from Mexico.
Sixteen other states filed separate lawsuits last week to prevent the government from ending the program, while a number of states have threatened to sue the Trump administration if the program does remain in effect. The administration’s September 5th announcement came the day of the deadline before these latter states would have sued the administration over the program.
DACA allows young people who were undocumented brought to the U.S. before the age of 16 to remain in the country, while receiving a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation, and eligibility for work permits.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has previously commented his disapproval in the program, calling it unconstitutional while stating that he would not support its continuation in court. His and the Trump administration’s announcement last week in ending the program follows suit on the new administration’s expressed goals in cracking down on immigration in the United States.