California Case Against Trump Over DACA

Frederick Owens
September 11, 2017

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. "Our businesses and local governments would bear the expense of ending it, and it would harm local law enforcement that depends on cooperation from immigrant families".

California is joined by the attorneys general for Minnesota, Maryland and ME in the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. More than 200,000 Dreamers live in California.

He also argues that using that information would violate the legal principle of equitable estoppel, which essentially protects against a "bait and switch", in this case giving Dreamers reason to believe their personal information wouldn't be used against them and then doing so anyway.

SAN FRANCISCO ― California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) announced Monday he is suing President Donald Trump's administration to block it from ending protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants.

According to the Attorney General's Office, there are about 9,800 Maryland residents in the DACA program. They joined 16 other states that went to court last week, seeking to prevent the government from terminating the DACA program.

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In the complaint, the state attorneys general describe "several violations by the federal government of the Constitution and federal laws created to ensure that our government treats everyone fairly and transparently".

"I have a great heart for the folks we're talking about, a great love for them", he said Tuesday following the DOJ announcement.

Last week, 16 other state attorneys general filed a separate lawsuit in a Brooklyn federal court saying Trump's decision violated constitutional protections for Dreamers, as well as other claims. He said the program, enacted through executive order by President Barack Obama in 2012, has allowed DACA recipients to come out of the shadows without fear of deportation. She called President Trump's choice "just unreasoned official impulse".

One of the Dreamers, a senior at California State University, Sacramento, says she has faith that Congress will act and protect DACA over the next six months. But he later tweeted, "If they can't, I will revisit this issue!"

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