Four More States Just Sued Donald Trump Over Rescinding DACA


The lawsuit claims the Trump administration's decision to end the program violates DACA recipients' due process rights because DACA recipients provided their personal information to the government in order to join the program.

Attorneys general in Maine, Maryland and Minnesota are joining the suit.

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. Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said he made a decision to file a separate suit in California because the state and its economy will be especially harmed because it is home to one quarter of the 800,000 people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

It was announced as Mexico's top diplomat, Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray visited California's state capital to meet with lawmakers and DACA recipients as part of a two-day trip.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the lawsuit during a press conference on Monday, five days after a coalition of 15 states led by NY and Washington filed a lawsuit over the planned repeal. "For many, the United States is the only country they have ever know", he wrote. The Administration completely ignored these legal requirements. It said the administration failed to follow a federal law requiring it to consider negative effects of the decision on small businesses.

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"We don't bait and switch in this country", Becerra said. "They are innocent and should not be punished for things done by others", he said. LePage is prevented from running again because he is in his second term and is prohibited from seeking a third one by the state's term limit law.

Instead, it hones in on statements by Trump administration officials that the young immigrants in the program rob from Americans and that the program led to a surge of Central American immigrants.

If people protected under DACA lose their work authorization, the California lawsuit also said, then they would face the loss of employer-provided health insurance, which would potentially increase the state's expenditures on the uninsured. The California lawsuit asserts similar legal grounds.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Larry Hogan (R), declined to comment on the lawsuit but noted that the governor "did not support the (Trump) administration's action" on DACA and that he "strongly believes that Congress needs to act" to resolve immigration issues.