New York and Washington state threaten to sue Donald Trump if he ends the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy) that has shielded 800,000 young people who came to America with their undocumented parents.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and attorney general Eric Schneiderman issued a joint statement about news Trump plans to end DACA. Gov. Cuomo said, “Ending this policy represents an assault on the values that built this state and this nation.”
Schneiderman said, “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. 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.
“The poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty—written by the descendant of early Jewish immigrants—promises this nation will “lift its lamp” for the huddled masses. New York will never break that promise. And neither will my office,” Schneiderman said.
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he will sue Trump if he ends DACA as well. He said in a statement, “If President Trump follows through on his reported decision to cancel DACA after a six-month delay, the Washington Attorney General’s Office will file suit to halt this cruel and illegal policy and defend DACA recipients.”