California’s attorney general says he plans to file a separate lawsuit over the Trump administration’s plan to end protections for young immigrants. It will mirror the legal arguments made in a suit already filed by 15 states and the District of Columbia.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, said Wednesday he is going ahead with his own lawsuit because one in four participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program lives in California and the state will suffer the greatest harm from its termination. He says he’ll file the suit soon.
Becerra says ending DACA will harm the people it protects along with California’s economy and higher education system. He’s been talking with fellow attorneys general for months about what to do if DACA is terminated and that the legal grounds of his case will be similar to the one filed earlier in the day by the other states.
That lawsuit calls the move by President Trump an unconstitutional culmination of his commitments to punish people with Mexican roots.
Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit in New York challenging Trump’s plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.
The suit was first announced by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who called Trump’s act “a dark time for our country.”
Plaintiffs include New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia
On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the program will end in six months to give Congress time to find a legislative solution for the immigrants.
The participants were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas.