New York Attorney Letitia James on Monday filed a key legal brief in the upcoming Supreme Court fight over President Trump’s effort to roll back the program that protects so-called Dreamers from deportation.
James is leading a 17-state coalition fighting Trump’s battle to eliminate Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals, President Obama’s landmark plan to protect immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
“The Trump administration has spent the past two years threatening, bullying and putting their lives and future at great risk,” James said in a statement. “We will not allow them to continue this cruel crusade against these invaluable members of our society.”
Trump claims he has the authority to cancel the popular program. Many of the estimated 800,000 Dreamers have grown up in the U.S. and have never returned to the homelands that their parents left years ago.
Obama enacted DACA in 2012 as an executive order. Trump, whose signature issue is fighting immigration, sought to end it in 2017 but faced immediate legal pushback.
At least 42,000 DACA recipients live in New York and contribute $140 million each year in state and local taxes, James said in the release.
The case is expected to be heard in November.