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Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Minnesota, Other States Suing Trump Administration Over DACA Decision

Minnesota, Other States Suing Trump Administration Over DACA Decision

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will announce a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its order to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives young undocumented immigrants a chance to work and study in the United States and avoid deportation.

The termination of DACA directly affects the substantive rights of nearly 800,000 people and indirectly affects millions more, as well as small and large businesses, non-profits, and the towns, cities and states that these individuals call home.

Becerra said California's lawsuit is similar to the other challenges, but it will argue Trump's decision violates due process protections by "putting at risk DACA recipients' personal information".

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the state, along with attorneys general for Minnesota, Maryland and ME, is filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. "One-in-four of those DACA Dreamers know California as home, and it's no coincidence that our great state is the sixth largest economy in the world", Attorney General Becerra said in a statement.

It was announced as Mexico's top diplomat, Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray visited California's state capital to meet with lawmakers and DACA recipients as part of a two-day trip. That would make California the first so-called sanctuary state. He said the federal government made "arbitrary and capricious decisions for no good reason" and failed to assess the harm that ending DACA could cause.

Though Maine is listed as a plaintiff, its participation happened because Democrat Attorney General Janet Mills signed the state up. Mills, a 2018 gubernatorial candidate, recently called on the Trump administration to maintain DACA.

The California lawsuit is the latests example of Frosh using new powers the state legislature granted his office this year to sue the federal government - without the governor's permission - over any efforts that are "harmful" to Marylanders.

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the DACA program would end in six months, giving time for Congress to act on immigration solutions.

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