California and three other states on Monday filed a lawsuit to challenge President Trump's decision to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the lawsuit from Los Angeles, flanked by two recipients of DACA. He said Maine, Maryland and Minnesota will join the lawsuit.
The lawsuit argued in part that repealing DACA "may lead to the untenable outcome that the [Trump] administration will renege on the promise it made to Dreamers and their employers that information they gave to the government for their participation in the program will not be used to deport them or prosecute their employers."
The lawsuit also said the Trump administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act and the Regulatory Flexibility Act without giving the public proper notice and without asking for public comment before rolling back the program.
"The reckless choice to rescind DACA violated the Constitution as well as federal laws that help ensure our government treats everyone fairly and transparently," Becerra said Monday at a press briefing.
"They should not be punished for things that were done by others," Becerra added of DACA recipients. "We don't bait and switch in this country."
The lawsuit was filed a week after 15 other states and the District of Columbia filed suit.
Becerra noted that California would be hit extremely hard by the repeal of DACA, since more than 200,000 beneficiaries of the program live in the state.
Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced there would be a "wind down" period for Congress to take action to protect the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients.
The Obama-era program shields nearly 800,000 illegal immigrants who came to the country illegally as youth from deportation.