The opposition against Trump is growing, and some heavy hitters have just joined the fray.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was an Obama era policy that allows certain illegal immigrants who were minors when they entered to apply for a renewable two-year period of deferred deportation that allows them to apply for a work permit.
Reports have surfaced recently that suggest that Trump is seriously considering removing the program.
Former President Obama predicted this would happen in his final press conference as president.
“The notion that we would just arbitrarily or because of politics punish those kids when they didn't do something themselves … would merit my speaking out,” Barack Obama stated.
The whole point of this was to help immigration officials to not have to focus their efforts on individuals who behave and to focus their attention to more dangerous people. More than that, if this program is removed, you'll be hurting people who have done absolutely nothing wrong.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) have officially announced that they will sue President Trump if he tries to end DACA.
“President Trump's decision to end the DACA program would be cruel, gratuitous, and devastating to tens of thousands of New Yorkers—and I will sue to protect them,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
“Dreamers are Americans in every way. They played by the rules. They pay their taxes. And they've earned the right to stay in the only home they have ever known,” he added.
Cuomo claims that Trump's ending of DACA would be a “cruel action,” and “an assault on the values that built [New York] and this nation.”
“We should not and cannot sit on the sidelines and watch the lives of these young people ruined,” Cuomo said. “We have both a legal and moral obligation to make sure that the laws are faithfully executed without discrimination or animus.”
What's Happening Now:
Cuomo and Schneiderman are no longer alone in that stance. Since their statement, the number of attorney generals opposing Trump's violation of human decency has risen.
From The Hill:
In public statements and letters to the Trump administration, 20 attorneys general urged Trump not to follow through on threats to end the five-year-old program, which allows those brought into the country illegally as children to work and live free of the threat of deportation.
“Ending DACA is un-American, and it’s going to threaten the health and safety of many individuals,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas (D) told The Hill. “Various attorneys general from across the country are preparing to defend DACA recipients. The Constitution applies [to them] as well in terms of equal protection and due process.”
There are an estimated 800,000 people covered by the DACA program, first implemented by the Obama administration in June 2012. Seven thousand of those live in New Mexico, Balderas said.
The top legal officers in three states — California, New York and Washington — pledged to take legal action against the Trump administration to defend the program.
“President Trump has turned his back on hundreds of thousands of children and young Americans who came forward and put their trust in government,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) said Tuesday. “But in terminating DACA, the Trump administration has also violated the Constitution and federal law.”
We can only hope that the number will grow and that the legal opposition to Trump will be his undoing.
Be patient, Trump's impeachment is coming.
H/T: The Hill