States and D.C. Fight Back on Trump’s ‘Dreamers’ Decision

Immigrant Rights March in LA, Calif.

Trump’s decision to no longer shield the so-called ‘Dreamers’ from deportation was met with swift backlash, as 15 states and D.C. have promptly challenged the decision in court.

The states sued the Trump administration Wednesday for its decision to kill an Obama-era program that protected young immigrants brought to the country as children from deportation. The states accused the federal government of prejudice against Mexican immigrants.

Law experts, on the other hand, say that the plaintiffs have slim chances of winning the case by citing the bias because there is little evidence to support it. The states could push off the date of the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but they won’t win anything significant in court as civil rights activists did when they challenged Trump’s travel ban.

The travel ban was clearly discriminatory as it explicitly targeted only visitors coming from predominantly Muslim countries.

Trump Has Been Targeting Mexicans since Campaign

In this latest lawsuit, plaintiffs argued that there is a bias since Trump had called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals” on various occasions. He also pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted for refusing to racially profile Hispanics in his jurisdiction.

The lawsuit alleges that the termination of the DACA program would help Trump fulfill his commitment of deporting Mexicans as most recipients are of Mexican descent. Plaintiffs believe that the Dreamers decision is an attempt to appease Trump’s base and punish illegal immigrants of Mexican roots.

The lawsuit was filed in a Brooklyn federal court.

In the travel ban case, Hawaii won an injunction in court after claiming that the executive action was sparked by religious discrimination against Muslims. The Aloha State quoted statements Trump made in front of his supports on the campaign trail to strengthen its argument.
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