UC System Sues Trump Administration Over DACA

Lawsuits have started pouring in after President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program better known as DACA. The University of California (UC) is one institution that has decided to file suit. It contends that the President is violating the rights of students and those of the UC by ending this program.

DACA, which was created under the Obama Administration, was built with the participation of current UC President and former Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. The suit is filed against the Department of Homeland Security and its current acting secretary, Elaine Duke. 15 states including the District of Columbia filed suit against the Trump Administration. California is not among them.

The DACA Program will not be ended right away. For those who have to renew their DACA status in the next six months, protections will be extended through March 5, 2020 if all of the paperwork is filed. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who made the announcement, has said that no new DACA applications are being accepted.

The UC System lawsuit says that the Administration was wrong to end DACA, that it is unconstitutional and that it was done without a justifiable reason. President Napolitano characterized the decision as one that goes against the national values of the United States and it is not good policy in a statement:

“Neither I, nor the University of California, take the step of suing the federal government lightly, especially not the very agency that I led. It is imperative, however, that we stand up for these vital members of the UC community. They represent the best of who we are — hard working, resilient and motivated high achievers. To arbitrarily and capriciously end the DACA program, which benefits our country as a whole, is not only unlawful, it is contrary to our national values and bad policy.”

The UC system has about 4,000 undocumented students and of that number, many are DACA recipients. It offers Dreamers the ability to pay in-state tuition rates and offers legal services to them as well. Even though California is not among the states that have filed suit against the Trump Administration so far, one may be forthcoming. Immigration is an important issue in the state. California’s Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, says that he is planning to file suit against the Trump Administration too.

In addition to the institutional and state response to the decision to end DACA, protests have cropped up all over the country leading up to and after the decision to end the program. DACA provides protection for 800,000 people.


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