Six Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday opposing President Trump's decision to end the Obama-era program that lets immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children stay in the U.S. and work.
The case is the first lawsuit from any of the program's 800,000 beneficiaries in the United States. The plaintiffs argue that "the decision to end DACA is an unprecedented violation of the constitutional rights of Dreamers who relied on the federal government to honor its promises," according to a press release from the group.
"The United States is the only home I've ever known. The DACA program has meant not living in fear, and the opportunity to graduate from law school and build a business. And despite the administration's cruel choice to end DACA, we know that our American Dream shouldn't have an expiration date," said Dulce Garcia, one of the plaintiffs. "Like so many other Americans, we love our country and we're ready to fight for our freedom."
The group said the administration carried out a "bait and switch" by giving illegal immigrants a chance to come out of the shadows only to betray their trust.
"The suit also argues that this betrayal of trust was in violation of the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment and Federal law, including the Administrative Procedure Act," the statement added.
The group of six people suing the Trump administration is comprised of two middle school teachers, an attorney, a medical student, a Ph.D. candidate, and a law student. They have asked for equitable and injunction relief to let the suit proceed.
The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California and is being handled by the country's largest pro bono law firm, Public Counsel, as well as Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP, and Barrera Legal Group.
One of the attorneys working on the case is a DACA recipient who was able to obtain a license to practice law by one of the few states that offers it.