Six immigrants who get Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) benefits on Monday sued President Trump’s administration over its decision to end the program, according to Reuters.
Reuters on Monday reported that the lawsuit is the first to be brought by so-called “Dreamers” – or DACA recipients – against Trump’s administration.
San Diego attorney Dulce Garcia filed the suit in San Francisco federal court alongside five other immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children.
Garcia’s case argues that Trump’s administration did not follow proper administrative procedure upon rescinding the program earlier this month.
The suit also charges that making enforcement promises to a group of people, only to revoke them, violates due process.
Some Twitter users on Monday criticized DACA, while others praised the controversial program instead.
What about 1000s of people who worked hard to come to America legally? What about young Americans? Are they not dreamers?— Invictus (@INVICTUS69X) September 18, 2017
I personally know several Dreamers, slowly working their way through school, and holding multiple jobs. Far more motivated— Tami #DefendDACA (@tamisflo65) September 18, 2017
Monday’s lawsuit is one of several challenging the Trump administration’s decision to eliminate DACA in March.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the gradual dissolution of the program earlier this month.
DACA protects people who entered the U.S. illegally as children from deportation and lets them apply for renewable work permits.
The program was implemented by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and has since benefited about 800,000 people.
Trump’s administration has said it is ending DACA as Obama exceeded his executive powers by creating the program.
The president has since demanded that Congress address the DACA situation before the program’s expiration date.
Trump last week stunned some of his fellow Republicans by seeming open to collaborate with top Democrats on a possible legislative solution to DACA.
Conservative Republicans have long argued that DACA constitutes executive overreach and has increased illegal immigration into the U.S.
Trump promised he would end DACA and strengthen America’s border during his 2016 presidential election campaign.
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