From the moment President Trump announced the proposed DACA phase-off on September 5 2017, an avalanche of lawsuits opposing the move was expected.
Well several plaintiffs and civil rights organizations have already filed a lawsuit to challenge this announcement. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
The plan to wipe out DACA follows the promises Trump made during his campaigns for the US Presidency. Ken Paxton, the Texas attorney general had earlier on threatened to institute legal action against the federal government if it failed to terminate DACA by 5th September 2017.
President Trump found the perfect excuse and opportunity to announce the DACA phase-off on the same day even though the program has been a major success.
Lawsuit by States
Fifteen states as well as the District of Columbia have come together and filed a lawsuit referred to as Batalla-Vidal v. Baran. The suit had been originally instituted to dispute the court order issued in the case of Texas v. U.S.
It was amended in early September this year to dispute the decision by President Trump to phase-off DACA. The lawsuit raises strong arguments that most states will feel the effect of the proposed phasing off as thousands of their taxpayers will be at risk of being deported.
Secondly, the lawsuit argues that President Trump is in violation of the clause on equal protection as his move targets DREAMers, a majority of whom originate from Mexico. The lawsuit has inferred the rhetoric that Trump has against the Mexicans as enough proof of his hate or “racial animus” towards them. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
Lawsuit by the University of California System
Additionally, the University of California has also filed another lawsuit against President Trump for phasing off DACA. The University of California system has cited in its lawsuit that its students will be exposed to huge damages and costs.
They contend that the phasing off is unconstitutional and will lead to a violation of their rights on the basis of a whim. It further claims that rescinding the DACA program goes against the Clause on Due Process contained in the Fifth Amendment and the requirements set out by the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).
From this action, it is evident that the university system is not only mindful of its students but also its administrative personnel and teachers who could be DACA beneficiaries.
About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Jim Larkin and his partner Michael Lacey co-founded two media companies namely Village Voice Media and New Times. The two decided to channel the settlement money they got from court from their wrongful arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio to assist organizations in Arizona fighting for migrant rights. The Maricopa County Sheriff had caused their arrest back in October 18 2007 and the court granted them a settlement sum in the region of $3.75 million.
The duo had been arrested at night and put in jail for exposing the subsistence of proceedings by a grand jury seeking their notes on the Sheriff.
There were also subpoenas demanding for the identities of people who read online articles on News Times touching on the Sheriff. The fund is intended to help groups advocating for human, civil, civic participation etc in Arizona and at the border of Mexico.
Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/