Last week, 15 blue states and D.C. sued the Trump administration over its decision to end the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program next March. Now four more states are joining the fight: Minnesota, California, Maine, and Maryland.
On Monday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra deemed the Trump administration’s decision “unlawful and mean-spirited.” Becerra is convinced the move is unconstitutional and could severely impact California’s economy.
The attorney general explained that The Golden State is the world’s sixth’s largest economy, which doesn’t happen “just because.” The lawman thinks that the thousands of DACA recipients working in the country largely contributed to that accomplishment. California currently hosts one of every four immigrants protected by the Obama-era DACA program.
“Some 200,000 [DACA recipients] — live and work and call California their home, and they’ve been helping California become the sixth-largest economy in the world,” Becerra argued.
‘We Don’t Bait and Switch’
The Attorney General also blasted Trump for promising to go easy on DACA recipients as his administration would rather focus on criminal aliens. “We don’t bait and switch in this country,” Becerra told Trump.
He made the remarks during a press conference Monday. He was joined on stage by two young immigrants who were brought to the country by their parents when they were just four years old. One of them said that the prospect of a DACA repeal is “terrifying” as she would no longer be able to graduate from college.
California and the other three states’ suit argued that a termination of the deportation relief program is at odds with the Trump administration’s promise to immigrants that the data they submitted to the government to escape prosecution would not be used against them.
Immigration law experts are confident that the states can delay DACA’s repeal if they win the case.
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