Maura sues to defend DACA

09.06.2017

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday joined 15 other states in suing President Donald Trump over his plan to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in New York, seeks to force Trump to keep the program, established by President Obama in 2012.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that the DACA program was an overreach and not legally justifiable. Congress has a six-month window to create a replacement or make the program permanent, according to the Trump administration.

Healey, a Democrat who has filed a string of lawsuits against the Republican Trump administration on a variety of environmental and immigration-related issues, said the move to wind down DACA is an "arbitrary and an unjustified action."

DACA beneficiaries will be "at risk of deportation" and "whole communities will go into hiding," she told reporters on a conference call. They'll lose their right to enroll in universities and colleges with in-state admissions preferences and tuitions and lose eligibility for public and employer-based health insurance.

Healey's office said the other state attorneys general who joined the lawsuit include New York, Washington, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.

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