New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) announced Monday they intend to sue President Trump if he ends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children.
“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, using a term commonly used to refer to recipients of the Obama-era program.
Cuomo called Trump’s reported decision to end DACA a “cruel action,” saying it would be “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.”
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) also said Monday that his state will sue Trump if ends the program.
“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,” Ferguson said in a statement.
“We have been working closely with legal teams around the country, and we expect to be joined by other states in this action.”
Nearly 800,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as children have received deportation deferrals under the program, which began in 2012.
Politico reported Sunday night that Trump has decided to end DACA.
Trump is expected to announce his decision on Tuesday, and the White House informed House Speaker Paul Ryan of the president’s decision on Sunday morning.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other Republican leaders in Congress on Friday urged Trump not to terminate DACA.
“I actually don’t think he should do that and I believe that this is something Congress has to fix,” Ryan said in a radio interview with WCLO Janesville.
“President Obama did not have the legislative authority to do what he did,” said Ryan. “You can’t, as an executive, write law out of thin air.”
The House speaker said the undocumented immigrants “are people who are in limbo. These are kids who know no other country, who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home. And so I really do believe there that there needs to be a legislative solution.”
In a statement released Friday, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Congress must provide “a workable, permanent solution for individuals who entered the country unlawfully as children through no fault of their own and who have built their lives here.”
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) September 1, 2017
Several other Republicans in diverse swing districts, including Reps. David Valadao (R-Calif.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Will Hurd (R-Tex.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), have all stated their intent to support seeking protections for DACA recipients.