15 states sue the feds to keep DACA; MN says it'll be involved

They want to block Trump's plan to end the immigrant program

The fight over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program landed in court Wednesday when 15 states and Washington, D.C. filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump's plan to end it. 

The suit was filed the day after the Trump administration said it will end the program in six months unless Congress salvages it. 

Minnesota is not one of the 15 states but Attorney General Lori Swanson, a Democrat, expressed support for the lawsuit and said Minnesota will be involved.

What's being challenged?

DACA, which was launched by former President Barack Obama, affects young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Those who sign up will not be deported and can get work permits. Learn more about it here.

Critics say Obama went beyond the president's Constitutional power when he created DACA. The Justice Department reiterated that argument Wednesday after the lawsuit was filed, Reuters reports

The lawsuit (read it here) claims getting rid of DACA would hurt state's economies and discriminate against Mexicans, who make up 78 percent of the people in the program, who are also known as "Dreamers." 

New York's Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, said in a statement: “These DREAMers play by the rules. They work hard and pay taxes. America is the only home they have ever known – and they deserve to stay here and keep contributing to our state and our nation."

What about Minnesota?

Judging from what Swanson said, she supports the lawsuit but was not ready to join it yet on Wednesday.

She called it unfair to "pull the rug out from under" the Dreamers and her statement looked back at how Minnesota sued the U.S. government in February over Trump's proposed travel restrictions. 

Swanson said "We filed the lawsuit on our own timetable after carefully analyzing the facts and law. Our approach was successful. We are taking the same approach in this case. While we are still examining the facts and law to determine the best method to proceed, Minnesota will be involved in this litigation," KSTP reports.

Hundreds of people marched and rallied in Minneapolis Tuesday in support of DACA.

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