States threaten lawsuits if Trump cancels DACA

President Trump is expected to make a formal announcement Tuesday about the future of the DACA program, which protects young illegal aliens from deportation who were brought to the United States as children.

Two states have already threatened to sue the president if he cancels the program, which was originally implemented in 2012 by former president Barack Obama and has applied to nearly 800,000 young illegal aliens in the United States.

Reports have circulated that President Trump will be ending the DACA program, but with a six-month delay, which could give Congress a chance to intervene and pass additional legislation.

Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released the following statement:

Attorney General Schneiderman said, “President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program would be cruel, gratuitous, and devastating to tens of thousands of New Yorkers—and I will sue to protect them. Dreamers are Americans in every way. They played by the rules. They pay their taxes. And they’ve earned the right to stay in the only home they have ever known. More than 40,000 New Yorkers are protected under DACA. They pay more than $140 million in state and local taxes. They are vital members of our community. The poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty—written by the descendant of early Jewish immigrants—promises this nation will “lift its lamp” for the huddled masses. New York will never break that promise. And neither will my office.”

“Recent reports indicate that President Trump will be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy,” Governor Cuomo said. “If he moves forward with this cruel action, New York State will sue to protect the ‘dreamers’ and the state’s sovereign interest in the fair and equal application of the law. Ending this policy represents an assault on the values that built this state and this nation. The President’s action would upend the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people who have only ever called America their home, including roughly 42,000 New Yorkers. It will rip families apart, sow havoc in our communities and force innocent people—our neighbors, our friends, and our relatives—to live in fear.

“We should not and cannot sit on the sidelines and watch the lives of these young people ruined. We have both a legal and moral obligation to make sure that the laws are faithfully executed without discrimination or animus. In New York, we are stepping up to protect immigrants. This year, we launched the first in the nation Liberty Defense Project to ensure all immigrants have access to quality legal representation, regardless of their status. New Yorkers know that we are a nation of immigrants. If there is a move to deport immigrants, then I say start with me. I come from a family of immigrants who came to this country without jobs, without money, without resources—seeking only the promise of America embodied by the Lady in our Harbor. New York has and will continue to raise the torch of hope and opportunity, not fear, and we open our arms to all who want to join our community.” 

In a statement released Monday by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, he also threatened to sue:

“If President Trump follows through on his reported decision to cancel DACA after a six-month delay, the Washington Attorney General’s Office will file suit to halt this cruel and illegal policy and defend DACA recipients. We have been working closely with legal teams around the country, and we expect to be joined by other states in this action. As Attorney General, I will use all the legal tools at my disposal to defend the thousands of Dreamers in Washington state.”

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