California, Three Other States Sue over Trump Action on ‘Dreamer’ Immigrants

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Trump’s move to rescind DACA would be “an economic travesty” for the state, which depends on immigrant labor.


(Reuters) — California and three other states sued President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday over his decision to end protections for people brought to the United States illegally as children, the latest bid by Democratic state attorneys general to salvage the policy.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Trump’s move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protected these immigrants from deportation and gave them work permits would be “an economic travesty” for the most populous U.S. state, which depends on immigrant labor.

Minnesota, Maryland and Maine joined California in filing the lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco.

Trump last week said he would end the program, which was created in 2012 by former President Barack Obama, effective in March, giving Congress six months to determine the fate of the nearly 800,000 young adults covered by DACA, dubbed “Dreamers.”

A Justice Department spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment. The department last week said Obama overstepped his constitutional authority when he bypassed Congress and created the program unilaterally.

Last week, 16 other state attorneys general filed a separate lawsuit in a Brooklyn federal court saying Trump’s decision violated constitutional protections for Dreamers, as well as other claims. The California lawsuit asserts similar legal grounds.

If people protected under DACA lose their work authorization, the California lawsuit also said, then they would face the loss of employer-provided health insurance, which would potentially increase the state’s expenditures on the uninsured.

“In California you don’t become the world’s sixth-largest economy, just because,” Becerra said.

Trump’s move drew criticism from business and religious leaders, mayors, governors, Democratic lawmakers, unions and civil liberties advocates. Legal experts have said court challenges to Trump’s decision could face an uphill battle because a president typically has wide authority in implementing immigration policy.

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  • Really interesting to me how some “Justice Groups” can “challenge” Trump’s Arpaio pardon as nnconstitutional, while other Justice Groups, including high-ranking elected and appointed state officials, can defend and seek to extend an Executive Order of Obama’s that he had previously, publicly admitted twenty-some times was unconstitutional.

      • And as far as this respondent is concerned, Obama-pardoned Oscar Lopez Rivera is a filthy lowdown bigot scum bucket and so are all the people who agreed with pardoning him, right up to and including the then president. Lopez Rivera was a Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional leader who, during the 1970s, headed a Chicago cell that was waging a murderously violent struggle to win Puerto Rican independence.The FALN claimed responsibility for more than 120 bombings between 1974 and 1983 in a wave of gleeful destruction that killed six and injured dozens.

        • If you’re going to consider the full picture, Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the United States after the Spanish-American war. The indigenous government of Puerto Rico considered this to be illegal – it was not Spain’s territory to cede, as they had already wrestled autonomy from the Spanish government. Lopez, a Vietman veteran, is a Puerto Rican nationalist – his pardon was celebrated in San Juan. FALN distraction wasn’t gleeful, in their opinion it was freedom fighting.

  • BLUF: really quickly, this issue isn’t going anywhere. expect this issue to remain for at least one more president after Trump whether Dem or GOP.

    9th district court will hear the case. 9th district court will find in favor of the state’s attorney generals. 9th district appellate court will strike it down. unfortunately eliminating DACA follows the letter of the law to the “t”. even if it somehow goes to the US Supreme Court, there’s a chance the court may not want to hear it. US Supreme Court’s conservative makeup may not want to entertain influencing what they may perceive as “state’s right”.

  • Cathleen Cassie Holdsworth

    I cannot believe the state of America Trump is killing the dreams of most Americans it’s just that some of them do not know it yet they only believe Fox News they will wake up and fine that the dreamers have lift town, the affordable health care is not care at all. Affordable housing is gone and the only one standing up are these crazy activists they won’t be happy. Stand with the dreamers they are our kids they go to our wars and colleges they are the smartest kids in town

  • And “an economic travesty” for the most populous U.S. state, which depends on immigrant labor.”?

    Didn’t the Confederacy make somewhat similar arguments in the 1860s?

    • Except the Confederacy’s “immigrants” were enslaved. What the Southerners were really fighting about was their wealth. Enslaved human beings were the number one financial asset of Southern landowners- wealth they wouldn’t give up, despite George Washington noting that Pennsylvania land was worth more per acre than Virginia land, a fact he attributed to slavery being (on the path to be) abolished in Pennsylvania and that the labor of free men was more productive than the labor of enslaved men.

      One aspect of your comment hits home. Allowing undocumented immigrants to live in a quasi legal status is immoral and lowers productivity.

      Work permits leading to citizenship would be an important boost to our economy. Native births and subsequent new entrants to the workforce have been insufficient to grow the economy in Reagan scale for decades. We need the undocumented- jobs that are lost due to a lack of workforce are gone forever.

      Ask Wilbur Ross and Goldman Sachs.

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