Fifteen states and the District of Columbia filed suit against the Trump administration citing displeasure over the termination Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Two Northwestern states announced they joined the battle, on Sept. 6, 2017.
The Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced they also joined the legal action. He claims the federal government’s decision to end DACA is a direct violation of these young immigrants’ rights to due process, according to ABC News.
DACA, otherwise known as the Dreamer’s Act was initiated by former-President Barack Obama. His decision targeted children brought to the U.S. by their parents who are illegal immigrants or those who overstayed their visas. They were allowed to apply for permits to remain in the country. By majority, English and America are their heritage, and they know nothing else.
The United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the program’s opponents contend the Act was unconstitutional. His announcement, which occurred on Sept. 5, followed President Donald Trump’s tweets proclaiming his intent to end the program.
Currently, there are approximately 800,000 Dreamers nationwide. The number of non-registered eligible youngsters is unknown. According to ABC, the DACA program is no longer taking applications. Current permit holders can remain until their permit expires. If it expires prior to March 5, 2018, they can reapply for another two years. However, that renewal window ends on Oct. 5, 2017.
This is an ongoing story. The Public Slate will provide further details when they are available.
By Cathy Milne
ABC News: 15 states, DC sue Trump administration over ending DACA
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