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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Trump's move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protected these immigrants from deportation and gave them work permits would be "an economic travesty" for the most populous USA state, which depends on immigrant labor.

Attorneys general in Maine, Maryland and Minnesota are joining the suit.

Demonstrators hold signs during a protest in front of the White House after the Trump administration today scrapped the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that protects from deportation nearly 800,000 young men and women who were brought into the US illegally as children, in Washington on September 5, 2017. "There is no state that will be more economically impacted by the Trump administration's ending of DACA than California", said Becerra, adding that rescinding the program "would be felt by California businesses who have depended on economic success of the DACA program".

California, home to more than a quarter of all young people covered by the DACA program, on Monday became the latest state to challenge President Trump over his plan to shut it down.

California's action comes a few days after 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a similar lawsuit in federal court in Brooklyn. "For many, the United States is the only country they have ever know", he wrote.

IL recently passed more even protective legislation that bars law enforcement from detaining immigrants exclusively for deportation, said Shiu Ming Cheer, senior staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center.

The states contend Trump broke protocols for changing the policy, formally called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, as required by the Administrative Procedure Act.

"We don't bait and switch in this country", he said. She has frequently broken with Republican Gov. Paul LePage in joining other states in lawsuits that run counter to his conservative views on immigration and other issues.

Known as Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals, the program allows young people who came to the USA illegally as children to remain. The University of California also filed a DACA lawsuit Friday.

President Donald Trump has tried to assure DACA participants that they have "nothing to worry about", and cited the six months he has given Congress to come up with a legislative solution. UC President Janet Napolitano oversaw the implementation of DACA in her former capacity as Secretary of Homeland Security during the Obama administration. They joined 16 other states that went to court last week, seeking to prevent the government from terminating the DACA program.


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