The other plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which Ferguson said had a “constitutional basis and a statutory basis”, are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
According to the suit, the cost of rescinding the program would cost NY state upward of $38.6 billion over the next 10 years. It calls for a court order blocking the revocation of DACA as well as an order saying the administration can not use information it collected from DACA recipients to arrest and deport them.
The lawsuit claims that Washington state is home to more than 17,800 Dreamers and estimates that ending DACA would cost the Washington economy $258 million in lost tax revenue and $6.4 billion in GDP growth over 10 years. The state attorney general, Xavier Becerra, said on Tuesday he was preparing to sue the Trump administration.
In all, 91%, of the 800,000 immigrants, or about 730,000, are employed, according to a survey last month led by the University of California, San Diego, the left-leaning Center for American Progress and the National Immigration Law Center.
In support of their argument that Trump’s decision violates the constitution’s equal-protection clause, the attorneys general pointed to derogatory remarks the Republican made about Mexican migrants on the campaign trail.
A group of Democratic-led states is leading a legal challenge to President Trump’s planned repeal of a program allowing almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States – and just as in the court fight over the president’s proposed travel ban, the challengers want to use his ethnic broadsides against him.
As in the travel ban litigation, the plaintiffs claim a series of statements made by the president during the campaign and after the inauguration evince the true goal of his policy – discrimination against immigrants. When it comes to Dreamers, our country is going to deport you to a country you may not even know.
Ferguson sued Trump earlier this year over the initial travel ban, which resulted in a federal judge blocking its nationwide enforcement. “What could be more cruel than that?” There’s just one problem: “no court has ever ruled that is the case”, he added.
“It is up to groups like us and the community at large to be notifying people”, said Robinson.
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan-Greenpoint) also said that she believes the DREAM Act, as well as the BRIDGE Act, which would provide protection and work authorization to immigrants who meet certain qualifications, are “good places to start”.
DREAMers are potential beneficiaries of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, a bill that has been introduced to Congress in numerous versions over the past 16 years in an effort to provide a path to legal status for individuals who were brought into the USA unlawfully before the age of 16 and meet a series of other requirements, including passing criminal background checks.
Nearly 800,000 Dreamers live in the United States, 70 percent of them having arrived as children from Mexico with 90 percent having been born in Latin America.