Deporting Dreamers ‘unlawful, immoral’: LA supports lawsuit against federal government

DACA defenders protest in Los Angeles, Sept. 1, 2017. Photo: Dream Resource Center/Twitter

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer Wednesday announced that the city filed a brief along with other jurisdictions in support of a lawsuit seeking to halt the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The city joined with New York, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia and 21 other cities and counties as well as the United States Conference of Mayors in an amicus brief in support of the University of California’s lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security.

“We’re fighting to keep DACA alive and keep faith with the Dreamers who depended on the program when they came out of the shadows. Ending DACA and deporting the Dreamers would be unlawful and immoral,” Feuer said. Today cities and counties across America stand with the Dreamers, who personify the American values of education, hard work, and belief in a better tomorrow.”

DACA was created in 2012 by the DHS to allow immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children to legally work and attend school. President Donald Trump announced in September that he would terminate the program in March if Congress did not pass a legislative solution.

Los Angeles stands on the side of justice, and DACA has given hundreds of thousands of young people the security and acceptance they deserve,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “Congress needs to pass the bipartisan Dream Act, and we are standing together now to support our family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers who make extraordinary contributions to our communities and economy — and simply want to live peacefully in the only home they know.”

The amicus brief states that local jurisdictions would suffer direct economic harm if DACA is rescinded, and that canceling DACA will make communities less safe by scaring recipients from coming forward and reporting crimes out of fear of deportation.

The brief also argues that DHS failed to comply with the requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act in canceling the program, and that it and the attorney general did not provide supportable rationale for their decision to terminate DACA.

There are an estimated 790,000 DACA recipients in the country, with about 13 percent living in Los Angeles, according to Feuer’s office.

–City News Service