September 18, 2017

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and six individuals who participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program filed separate lawsuits in California and District of Columbia federal courts Monday challenging the Trump administration’s plan to end the benefit.

The DACA participants allege that the administration’s recent decision to end the program, which provides deportation relief and work permits to unauthorized immigrants who came to the United States as children, was based on bias against Latinos and that violates the Fifth Amendment, their due process rights and federal regulations such as the Administrative Procedure Act, according to the complaint they filed in the Northern District of California.

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Joseph M. Sellers, an attorney representing the NAACP, said that ending DACA is "neither right nor lawful."

“Given the unstable political climate, our clients and the other Dreamers need to know now that their education and livelihood can continue here, free from the looming threat of deportation," said Sellers in a statement.

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