October 27, 20174
On Friday, October 27, the New York Times reported that the Justice Department filed a motion in a Brooklyn federal courthouse to dismiss two lawsuits filed in response to the impending repeal of the DACA program. This is the first time that the Justice Department has taken such action to defend its repeal of DACA. The motion argues that the government has “absolute discretion to end the program for any reason or no reason, with or without notice.” Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis will consider the motion.
While it is technically within the scope of President Trump’s powers to repeal DACA, as it was created through an executive order issued by President Obama, the rhetoric in which Attorney General Session deploys in the motion is dangerous. To assert that the Justice Department can repeal a program protecting and preserving the lives of 800,000 young people in the United States can be lawfully done “without reason” only further supports claims made by immigration lawyers and Democratic state attorney generals was arbitrary and a gross display of animus towards the Latino community.
- Get Involved with Here to Stay: Here to Stay is a campaign run by United We Dream aimed at defending DACA. The organization hosts local Defend DACA rallies and other events, holds community calls, and provides resources for understanding DACA, as well as mental health resources for anyone who is affected by Trump’s decision to end DACA.
- Take Action with the National Immigration Law Center: Since 1979, NILC has been exclusively dedicated to defending immigrants with low income. Through impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and strategic communications, NILC advances the rights of those who came here in search of a better life. You can help NILC advance its mission by donating or attending one of their training or educational events.
- Get Involved With the American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.” They have been actively involved in court cases challenging the Trump Administration on Immigration. You can learn more about supporting the ACLU in their fight for just immigration policy here.
This brief was compiled by Allie Blum. If you have comments or want to add the name of your organization to this brief please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.