Sep 7, 2017 @ 9:42

A coalition of US states sued the Trump administration Wednesday over its determination to finish an amnesty program for 800,000 individuals introduced illegally to the United States as minors.

The lawsuit was filed in New York federal courtroom by Democratic attorneys basic of 15 states together with New York, Illinois and Hawaii, in addition to the District of Columbia.

It alleges the White House discriminated in opposition to immigrants of Mexican origin, who’re the overwhelming majority of the amnesty program’s recipients, and violated Constitutional due course of rights that shield in opposition to arbitrary punishment.

The Donald Trump administration mentioned Tuesday it was ending the Deferred Acton for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instituted by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama. The Republican president mentioned Congress ought to as a substitute enact immigration reform.

In saying the lawsuit, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman accused Trump of “anti-Mexican bias.”

“The Trump administration’s decision to end DACA is cruel, inhumane and devastating,” Schneiderman mentioned in a press release.

“These DREAMers play by the rules. They work hard and pay taxes. America is the only home they have ever known — and they deserve to stay here and keep contributing to our state and our nation.”

The lawsuit comes after Texas, main a special coalition of 10 conservative states, on Tuesday dropped a authorized problem to DACA first filed in 2015.


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