SAN JOSE — The city on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s rescindment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.
Officials argue President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era program violates the equal protection clause of the 5th Amendment and other federal laws and said the city is “uniquely and directly harmed by this administration’s unconstitutional actions.”
San Jose is believed to be the first city in the United States to file a lawsuit over DACA. California on Monday sued the administration, claiming the plan to rescind the program is unconstitutional.
“DACA recipients include public servants in our own City Hall, providing public safety and other critical services to our community. They all deserve our support and they deserve our nation’s welcome,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo in a news conference Thursday morning at the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building .
“The city’s own workforce is harmed by this rescission, imperiling the ability of these city employees to lawfully continue to serve our community in critical functions. Our city residents directly suffer because they lose critical services at a time when we are already stretched thin with hundreds of vacancies at City Hall.”
There are 1,740 DACA recipients in Santa Clara County who are eligible to make the October deadline.
DACA has provided deportation relief and work permits to young, undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” who were brought to this country as children. Trump on Sept. 5 announced he would phase out the program in the next six months, giving Congress a brief window to act during that time.
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