Illinois sues Trump administration over ending DACA – Government News

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6 September 2017 | 5:57 pm

(AP)—Illinois and 14 other states, as well as the District of Columbia, sued Wednesday to block President Donald Trump’s plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation—an act Washington state’s attorney general called “a dark time for our country.”

The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of New York. The plaintiffs were Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said a program, known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, will end in six months to give Congress time to find a legislative solution for the immigrants.

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. If their permits expire before March, 5, 2018, they are eligible to renew them for another two years as long as they apply by Oct. 5. But the program isn’t accepting new applications.

Opponents of the program said they are pleased with the Trump administration’s decision. They called DACA an unconstitutional abuse of executive power but proponents of the program said the move by Trump was cruel.

“To deport DREAMers to countries foreign to them is fundamentally unfair, hurts our state economy and violates the law,” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said today in a statement. “These are Americans in every way but their birthright. For centuries, our country has benefitted from immigrants who came here and worked hard for a better life. Rescinding DACA is contrary to what makes our country prosper.”

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the action violates the due process rights of the immigrants. He said he fears the information the immigrants provided the government to participate in DACA could be used against them.

“It’s outrageous, it’s not right,” an emotional Ferguson said at a news conference in Seattle. “As attorney general for the state of Washington, I have a hammer, it’s the law.”

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee joined Ferguson at the news conference and said “this is one more of a long train of abuses that this president has attempted to foist on this great nation.”

Also today, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said addressing issues raised by ending DACA is up to Congress.

The Republican told reporters Wednesday that “comprehensive immigration reform” is needed, but he didn’t elaborate. Rauner says he doesn’t believe that the state has a role to play in Trump’s move to phase out the program.

Read more:

Lisa Madigan, Durbin take new steps to keep Dreamers here
How Illinois lawmakers are responding to Trump rescinding DACA

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