Now that President Donald Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months, he will face major legal challenges by states that are looking to protect their residents, citizen and immigrants, legal and undocumented.
One big name set to challenge Trump is New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who said that we will seek to protect the DACA which grants legal status to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Schneiderman said in a statement:
“President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program would be cruel, gratuitous, and devastating to tens of thousands of New Yorkers—and I will sue to protect them. Dreamers are Americans in every way. They played by the rules. They pay their taxes. And they’ve earned the right to stay in the only home they have ever known. More than 40,000 New Yorkers are protected under DACA. They pay more than $140 million in state and local taxes. They are vital members of our community,”
The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo (D), has confirmed his support for Attorney General Schneiderman’s lawsuit over DACA. “Ending this policy represents an assault on the values that built this state and this nation. The President’s action would upend the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people who have only ever called America their home, including roughly 42,000 New Yorkers. It will rip families apart, sow havoc in our communities and force innocent people—our neighbors, our friends, and our relatives—to live in fear,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement.