The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sued the Trump administration on Monday for rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and lists not just President Trump, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security as defendants.
The lawsuit alleged "violations of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifth Amendment, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Regulatory Flexibility Act" because the Trump administration rescinded the Obama-era program, more commonly known as DACA.
Derrick Johnson, interim president and CEO of the NAACP, told reporters Monday that Trump administration officials are "unlawfully reneging on their promise to protect young, undocumented immigrants" living in the country.
The lawsuit is meant to "protect the hundreds and thousands of immigrants of color who have been affected by the unlawful termination of the DACA program," Johnson said, citing immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean.
"Instead of celebrating their contributions [to society], President Trump is kicking them out of the country and upending their lives," Johnson added.
Joseph Sellers, a partner at the Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC law firm, who is helping in the lawsuit, noted that the NAACP is representing immigrants of color as their "organizational representative" by filing this lawsuit — but did not want to name them.
Naming them, Sellers said, would could risk being a way to "facilitate the deportation of DACA recipients and applicants."
The lawsuit also seeks to have a federal judge rule that the federal government cannot use any information from DACA recipients or applicants as a means to deport them.
Currently, there are nearly 800,000 DACA program recipients who get temporarily protection from deportation, and are younger immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.
DACA recipients, also known as "Dreamers," had to give the federal government sensitive information such as their address, employer and where they go to school in order to get a renewable, two-year work permit.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in early September the Trump administration would phase out the DACA program, giving Congress roughly six months to replace it.
According to a report commissioned by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and the New York University School of Law, of the black immigrants from the Caribbean, 16 percent are illegal, as are 13 perfect of immigrants from Africa.