September 7, 2017

CT, other states sue Trump to preserve immigrant youth protections

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State Attorney General George Jepsen.

Connecticut has joined 14 other states and the District of Columbia a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, officials said.

DACA offers some protections for certain undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as minors. Trump argues that DACA represents an unconstitutional exercise of presidential authority by President Barack Obama.

Attorneys general allege that Trump's rescinding of DACA violates constitutional guarantees of due process and statutory mandates, resulting in adverse impacts to both individual DACA recipients and the states.

Approximately 800,000 young people who were brought into the United States as children have been granted status under DACA since it was implemented in 2012. Under Trump's order, approximately 1,400 individuals will lose their ability to work and risk termination of their employment, AGs said.

"We cannot stand idly by while this administration needlessly and cruelly threatens the futures of more than 10,000 Connecticut residents," Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said in a statement. "These 'dreamers' are valued members of our social fabric and economy. They are our friends and neighbors, employers and employees, and students working to better themselves and their communities."

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Besides Connecticut, other plaintiff states include California, Illinois, Iowa, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

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