“You still need a valid, a lawful justification to end the program”, added Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who characterized Trump’s decision as “arbitrary and capricious”.
“Ending DACA, whose participants are mostly of Mexican origin, is a culmination of President’s Trump’s oft-stated commitments – whether personally held, stated to appease some portion of his constituency, or some combination thereof – to punish and disparage people with Mexican roots”, read the lawsuit filed in federal court in the Eastern District of NY.
It comes as protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against Tuesday’s decision.
President Barack Obama established the program by executive order in 2012, allowing “Dreamers” – immigrants who had entered the USA without authorization before age 16, and had no serious criminal records – to apply for renewable two-year reprieves from deportation and work permits.
The participants were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas.
Those already enrolled in DACA remain covered until their permits expire.
The President said his administration would not accept any new DACA applications from Tuesday onward and that any two-year DACA permits expiring after March 5, 2018, would not be renewed.
According to the suit, the cost of rescinding the program would cost NY state upward of $38.6 billion over the next 10 years.
Opponents of the programme said they are pleased with the Trump administration’s decision.
“These employees are located in several different states, including Washington and California, and work in a wide range of technical and non-technical job families, from software development to procurement”, said Amazon immigration lead Ayesha Blackwell-Hawkins in the statement of support for the lawsuit.
Ruby Robinson is with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center.
He said he fears the information the immigrants provided to the government to participate in DACA could be used against them. The argument has won favor with a series of federal courts, but the U.S. Supreme Court will have the final say after a hearing in October. “As attorney general for the state of Washington, I have a hammer, it’s the law”.
Dreamer Faride Cuevas also spoke at the press conference saying “we are just as American as your children”.
Although Trump has said positive things about Dreamers in the past, his various on-the-record beliefs about Mexicans display “a long history of disparaging Mexicans, who comprise the vast majority of DACA grantees”, the suit alleges.
Earlier this year, Mr Ferguson sued Mr Trump over the initial travel ban, which resulted in a federal judge blocking nationwide enforcement.
He is referring to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which President Barack Obama created by executive order in 2012. He says he’ll file the suit soon. “We’ve had months of assertions that DACA is legal and the federal government can not just, overnight, claim the opposite”.
That lawsuit calls the move by Trump an unconstitutional culmination of his commitments to punish people with Mexican roots.
California – the state with the highest number of dreamers – was noticeably absent.