UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SUES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON UNLAWFUL REPEAL OF DACA PROGRAM

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Source: University of California

Photo: UC President Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security

September 8, 2017 (San Francisco) --The University of California today filed suit in federal court against the Trump administration for wrongly and unconstitutionally violating the rights of the University and its students by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on “nothing more than unreasoned executive whim.”

The lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its acting secretary, Elaine Duke, is the first to be filed by a university seeking to stop the Trump administration’s recently announced decision to end the DACA program, which has allowed nearly 800,000 undocumented young people to legally live, work and study in the United States.

UC President Janet Napolitano, who was Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, created the DACA program in 2012, setting in place a rigorous application and security review process. Applicants for DACA were only approved if they were in or had graduated from high school or college, or were in the military, or an honorably discharged veteran. They cannot have been convicted of a felony or major misdemeanor or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

“Neither I, nor the University of California, take the step of suing the federal government lightly, especially not the very agency that I led,” Napolitano said. “It is imperative, however, that we stand up for these vital members of the UC community. They represent the best of who we are — hard working, resilient and motivated high achievers. To arbitrarily and capriciously end the DACA program, which benefits our country as a whole, is not only unlawful, it is contrary to our national values and bad policy.”

The lawsuit asks the court to set aside the Trump administration’s rescission of DACA because it is “unconstitutional, unjust, and unlawful.”

“As a result of the Defendants’ actions, the Dreamers face expulsion from the only country that they call home, based on nothing more than unreasoned executive whim,” the complaint reads.

“The University faces the loss of vital members of its community, students and employees. It is hard to imagine a decision less reasoned, more damaging, or undertaken with less care. ... Defendants’ capricious rescission of the DACA program violates both the procedural and substantive requirements of the APA (Administrative Procedure Act), as well as the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.”

UC has approximately 4,000 undocumented students, a substantial number of whom have DACA, as well as teachers, researchers and health care providers who are DACA recipients.

The lawsuit was filed with the pro bono support of the law firm Covington & Burling, LLP.

As today’s legal action demonstrates, UC continues to take a leadership role in protecting its DACA and other undocumented students. The university is committed to using all available resources to support the thousands of Dreamers who are currently enrolled at UC campuses, as well as other undocumented students. Those resources and services include:

  • Continuing to allow California residents who are Dreamers to pay in-state tuition;
  • Maintaining the DREAM loan program for financial aid;
  • Offering legal services to our undocumented students;
  • Supporting campus-based student service centers; and
  • Directing campus police not to contact, detain, question or arrest individuals based on suspected undocumented status, or to enter agreements to undertake joint efforts to make arrests for federal immigration law violations.

Trump announced repeal of DACA earlier this week, but has given Congress six months to pass legislation to protect DACA recipients from deportation.

 

Comments

"subject"

So, you are saying that illegals ARE subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. Therefore, the United States can say that "illegal aliens" (per U.S. Code) can be subject to deportation. Glad you agree they are to be sent packing.

I wish....

..Nappy would focus on fixing the broken California College system. Oh right, she is using her hidden slush fund for this. PS what standing does the College system thinks it has in this. Remember, it's the Congress box of poop.

more hate from the left

“nothing more than unreasoned executive whim". that is what obama did

President Trump is following the Constitution

too bad janet is a left wing bigot and hates Citizens, she must also hate the Constitution and the courts that have already ruled against daca
sad to see a person with such hate and anger, she and all daca apologists need help

I stand corrected--

Article XIV (Amendment 14 - Rights Guaranteed: Privileges and Immunities of Citizenship, Due Process, and Equal Protection) . ..1: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.// . . .// This part doesn't say citizen: ". . . nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws"