Maryland Attorney General joins DACA lawsuit against President Trump’s administration
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced on Monday that the state has joined California, Maine and Minnesota in filing a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative (D.A.C.A)
The four states filed the suit in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of California arguing that the Trump Administration violated the Constitution and federal laws when it revoked D.A.C.A.
Attorney General Frosh says, "The D.A.C.A initiative has allowed more than 800,000 DREAMers to attend school, serve in our armed forces, and contribute to our communities. The callous and cavalier action taken by the Trump Administration will destroy the lives of many immigrants who were brought here as infants and toddlers, who love the United States of America, who pay taxes and abide by the law. In Maryland alone, there are nearly 10,000 current D.A.C.A recipients working and going to school. Ending the program would constitute a $509.4 million loss to the state's annual GDP. My office will stand with and defend Maryland's DREAMers and the nearly one-million DREAMers across America."
In the complaint, Attorney General Frosh, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra describe alleged violations by the federal government of the Constitution and federal laws designed to make sure that our government treats everyone fairly and transparently. The complaint says:
• "The Trump Administration's ending of D.A.C.A and the associated Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo and FAQs may lead to the outcome that the Administration will renege on the promise it made to Dreamers and their employers that information they gave to the government for their participation in the program will not be used to deport them or prosecute their employers. The risk D.A.C.A grantees face is compounded by DHS's earlier imposition of boundless enforcement "priorities" that sweep in most immigrants. The threatened misuse of sensitive information provided in good faith by DACA grantees to the government is fundamentally unfair, violating the Fifth Amendment's due process guarantee.
• The federal Regulatory Flexibility Act also requires the government to analyze the effects of a proposed change on small businesses, many of which are owned by, or employ, Dreamers, and to take comments on the proposed change. The Administration completely ignored these legal requirements.
• The termination of DACA directly affects the substantive rights of almost 800,000 people and indirectly affects millions more, as well as small and large businesses, non-profits, and the towns, cities and states that these individuals call home. The federal Administrative Procedure Act requires such a change to be made for sound reasons, and for the public to be able to make formal comments on it before it's made into law. Whether or not the initiative was implemented through notice and comment rulemaking, it cannot be terminated without it."
Two months ago, Attorney General Frosh joined 20 other attorneys general in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to keep and defend D.A.CA. In the letter, the attorneys general said that D.A.C.A has helped their states and the country as a whole and called on President Trump to fulfill his public commitment to DREAMers who he called "incredible kids" who should be treated "with heart."