Up to 15 states rebel against Trump’s decision to end the ‘Dreamers’ program
Fifteen states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump’s decision to end the protections and benefits for ‘Dreamers’, the young men who came undocumented to the United States as children.
The multi-state lawsuit filed by a group of Democratic prosecutors to protect beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program argues that their state economies will be affected if residents lose their status.
The lawsuit seeks to block Trump’s decision and maintain the DACA and asserts that Trump’s decision was “motivated, at least in part, by a discriminatory motive” against Mexicans, who are the program’s biggest beneficiaries.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman took the lead in filing the case in the Eastern District of New York. He said 42,000 New Yorkers are participating in the DACA program. “Their end will be devastating for them and would cause huge economic damage to the state.”
Trump said Tuesday he still has “big heart” for dreamers.
“The president has tried to dodge responsibility for this, but let’s be clear, it is his hand that holds the knife on the backs of these people,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
Other points in the lawsuit are based on the Administrative Procedure Act, arguing that the White House did not follow the correct process by changing the policy. Legal experts say that legal challenges to Trump’s actions could face an uphill battle, as the president often has broad authority when it comes to implementing immigration policy.