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Minnesota's attorney general joins lawsuit to block DACA repeal

Ending the program could harm Minnesota colleges and drive up healthcare costs, the lawsuit alleges.

Minnesota and three other states are suing President Donald Trump and his administration over the decision to end a program that protects children of people who came to the U.S. illegally. 

Trump made the decision last week to effectively end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The Obama-era program allows some people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as kids – they're known as "dreamers" – to get work permits and go to college without fear of deportation, so long as they meet certain requirements. 

Officials estimate there are about 787,000 "dreamers" who are protected under DACA, including nearly 6,300 in Minnesota

Trump's plan to rescind the program was quickly met with opposition, including lawsuits from 15 attorneys general across the U.S.

And now Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has joined the attorneys general from California, Maryland and Maine on a separate lawsuit in hopes of preserving DACA, a news release says

The 37-page lawsuit, filed in a California federal court Monday, argues the Trump administration violated the Constitution and federal laws when it moved to rescind DACA. 

"The federal government's rescission of DACA violates the promises made to these young people — 97 percent of whom are in school or in the workforce — who have relied on the law to make important decisions about their lives," Swanson said in a statement, according to the Star Tribune

The lawsuit also describes the implications that ending the program could have for Minnesota. The suit alleges it could mean higher healthcare costs for Minnesotans (many DACA-approved people get health insurance through their job, but they could lose that benefit if DACA ends. As a result, there would be fewer people getting insurance, which could drive up costs). 

It also says getting rid of DACA could harm Minnesota colleges and universities. Some students may drop out of school because they wouldn't be able to work to pay tuition, while others may not think it's worth going to college if they can't get a job after they graduate, the lawsuit alleges. 

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