Delaware is joining several other states and Washington D.C. in suing the federal government for rescinding deportation protections for undocumented people who came here as children.
President Donald Trump is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, in six months unless there’s a legislative or judicial fix.
The lawsuit brought by more than a dozen states claims they’ll lose hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues and buying power if DACA recipients are deported.
It notes that more than 1,200 DACA kids, often also called DREAMers, contribute to Delaware’s economy.
The lawsuit also argues ending DACA will negatively hurt the state’s colleges and universities. About 75 DREAMers attend Delaware State University.
The lawsuit alleges Trump is motivated by his bias toward Latinos and people from Mexico. It references several statements made by Trump in the past two years.
Attorney General Matt Denn declined an interview request, but through a spokesman pointed to Delaware's interest in retaining DACA as outlined in the lawsuit.