Fifteen states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Wednesday over President Trump’s plan to end a program protecting young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a Democrat who earlier this year sued Mr. Trump over a travel ban affecting mostly Muslim nations, announced the suit at a news conference Wednesday. By the time it was filed, 15 states and D.C. had signed onto the suit. On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the 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. The decision affects roughly 800,000 such “Dreamers,” as they are called.
The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of New York, and the plaintiffs were New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia. The complaint claims the president’s decision racially discriminates against “Dreamers,” the majority of whom are Mexican, citing Fifth Amendment equal protection and due process grounds. The complaint also argues the government and Mr. Trump backtracked on assurances to protect such young immigrants and violated other federal laws about rule-making processes.