Six immigrants filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) ,arguing that the Trump administration did not follow proper administrative procedure.
The case, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California , is the first brought by DACA recipients. According to the complaint:
Notwithstanding the severe harm it will inflict, the government arbitrarily decided to break its promises to Plaintiffs and hundreds of thousands of other Dreamers by terminating the DACA program. This cruel bait and switch, which was motivated by unconstitutional bias against Mexicans and Latinos, violates the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment, the due process rights of Plaintiffs and other DACA recipients, and federal law, including the Administrative Procedure Act. Plaintiffs therefore seek equitable and injunctive relief to enjoin this unlawful and unconstitutional action, and respectfully request that the Court compel the government to honor its promises and uphold its end of the DACA bargain.
Earlier in September a group of 15 states and the District of Columbia also filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision, vowing to protect young immigrants.
The Trump administration’s decision to disband DACA will affect nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants. No new undocumented immigrants may register under DACA, and the immigrants whose DACA documents are about to expire must renew by October 5, 2017. According to the administration’s press release, current DACA recipients generally will not be impacted until after March 5, 2018, which will give “Congress the opportunity to consider appropriate legislative solutions.”
As carried in jurist on 19/9/2017