FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2017
Juan Gastelum, 213-375-3149
Hayley Burgess, 202-384-1279
Statement on States Lawsuit Challenging Trump Decision to End DACA
WASHINGTON — Fifteen states and the District of Columbia today sued the Trump administration, challenging the president’s termination of the DACA program. The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) and the plaintiffs include Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the lawsuit today in New York City, where on Tuesday New York Dreamer Martin Batalla Vidal and Make the Road New York (MRNY) filed a new legal action challenging Trump’s termination of DACA. Make the Road New York, the National Immigration Law Center, and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at the Yale Law School represent Batalla and MRNY.
In response to today’s announcement, Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:
“The American people from coast to coast have made their opposition to Trump’s actions clear. Red states and blue states have come together to stand in support of the hundreds of thousands of courageous young immigrants who have DACA and whose futures have now been thrown into terrifying chaos.
“We salute the leaders of these states for taking a stand and fighting back against the administration’s relentless and shameless xenophobia and attacks on our communities, and we count on their leadership as we work together to live up to this country’s ideals of liberty and justice for all.”
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