Democratic Attorneys General File Suit to Keep DACA

Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia on Wednesday filed suit against President Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, The Hill reported.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, alleges that the revocation of DACA is motivated specifically by anti-Mexican bias and that it violates due process rights.

"The president has made numerous statements on the campaign trail and in office disparaging Mexicans," Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) said in announcing the suit. "We allege the president's own statements make clear that DREAMers are being targeted based on their national origin."

Additionally, the attorneys general charge that the revocation of DACA will damage their states' economies by reducing the tax base and disrupting companies that employ DACA recipients, and that it will harm state institutions, including public colleges and universities that enroll students with DACA status, reported Inside Higher Ed.

Ferguson, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) spearheaded the suit. They are joined by Democratic attorneys general from Connecticut, New Mexico, Illinois, Hawaii, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Delaware, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont and Washington, D.C.


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