DACA recipients file suit over Trump’s move to end program

Josh Gerstein
September 18, 2017


Across the nation individual attorneys, large institutions, small nonprofits, and activists from every state are stepping up to oppose the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program (DACA). After the Trump Administration took aim at DACA, a group of six current DACA recipients, or Dreamers, took legal action to challenge the decision.

Attorneys from the legal aid law firm Public Counsel was among the legal team representing the six Dreamers. The suit was filed in San Francisco and is separate from another suit being filed by the University of California on behalf of their Dreamer students.

“The decision to end DACA is not only inexplicable and immoral, it is unconstitutional,” said Ted Boutrous, a Gibson Dunn attorney known for work on a key court challenge to California’s ban on gay marriage. “These young people were able to attend college, open businesses, and give back to their communities because they trusted the government to honor its promises and live up to its word. In suddenly and arbitrarily breaking those promises, the government is in direct violation of the Due Process Clause and federal law.”

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Organizations mentioned/involved: Public Counsel
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