16 states file lawsuit vs. Trump, alleging discriminatory motive behind DACA decision
by Albert Bataclan, ABS-CBN News
LOS ANGELES — It was business as usual at Wednesday’s LA City Council meeting, but the repeal of DACA is still fresh on Council member Mitch O’Farrell’s mind.
“The DACA repeal is mean spirited, it comes from a place of ignorance. It is down right un-American and is inhumane,” O’Farrell said.
The council member of LA’s council District 13, which includes historic Filipinotown, says he is committed to help Dreamers during these volatile times.
“I would give them, put them in touch with legal counsel, in the immediate-not just make a referral, but make phone calls,” he said. “We work with a lot of nonprofits who offer those services, and we will help in the immediate, making sure they get the help that they need.”
And just a day after the formal announcement of DACA’s end, the legal battle is turning blue.
Sixteen Democratic and nonpartisan state attorney generals filed suit in a New York federal court on Wednesday.
In their effort to block the president’s action, they mapped out five different constitutional arguments against Trump—saying that his decision was motivated, at least in part, by a discriminatory motive against Mexicans, who are the largest beneficiary of the program—which violates laws that dictate procedures for federal regulations.
Plaintiffs in this multi-state lawsuit are New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.
California is planning its own lawsuit against the federal government. In a statement released late Wednesday, Attorney General Xavier Becerra says, “Our state has become the world’s sixth-largest economy due in part to the success of over 200,000 Dreamers, whose livelihoods have been put at risk by president Trump’s wrong-headed decision on DACA.”
But after years of relative obscurity, a new life is being given to the 16-year-old Dream Act.
Its passing would pave the path to permanent legal status for the dreamers. But O’Farrell says it shouldn’t just be a choice between DACA or the Dream Act.
The Dream Act was never the panacea, it never was. It is a tool we desperately need. DACA should stay until we figure it out,” said O’Farrell.
O’farrel also says the six-month timeline laid out by the president to find a fix for DACA is ridiculous and absurd — since Congress has not had a successful legilative accomplishment since January.
And as for the lawsuits, legal experts say that court challenges could face an uphill battle, since the president flexes his authoritative muscles when it comes to immigration policies.