New York and Washington State on Monday vowed to sue President Donald Trump if he scraps a program shielding from deportation immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children.
Nine Republican state attorneys general announced they would file suit on Tuesday September 5 if Trump did not end the program.
While the attorney general of Washington State, Bob Ferguson, threatened in a statement legal action. “I will use all the legal tools at my disposal to defend the thousands of Dreamers in Washington State.”
Ferguson, was one of 20 attorneys general who wrote to Trump in last July to say that if he ended the program, they would defend it “by all appropriate means.”,
Today the Trump administration is expected to announce the end of Dreamers program and give the U.S. Congress six months to craft legislation to replace it.
Today at 11 a.m. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce plans for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, but will not take questions, the Justice Department said yesterday.
“The president’s action would upend the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people who have only ever called America their home.” said Andrew Cuomo, the New York Governor.
DACA is a policy created by former President Barack Obama that protects nearly 800,000 young people, often called “Dreamers,” from deportation and allows them to work legally.
Under the shift Trump is considering, any Dreamer with a valid work permit would be able to remain in the United States until the permit expires, in the absence of congressional action, sources familiar with the matter said.