California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Thursday that the Golden State is prepared to defend nearly 700,000 “dreamers” before the Supreme Court on November 12 and is optimistic that they will win this case.
“We want to prove to the Supreme Court that DACA is not only critical (urgent) but legal,” said Becerra, who will travel to the U.S. capital to participate in the presentation of arguments next Tuesday. “We are very optimistic that justice will be by our side”.
At a press conference in Sacramento with a group of immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Arrivals in Childhood (DACA) program, the prosecutor stressed that the legal arguments will show that the government of President Donald Trump “illegally” canceled the immigration benefit in 2017.
Last June, the highest court announced that it would review the decision to end this protection created during Barack Obama’s term of office (2009-2017) that protects thousands of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country when they were minors from deportation and grants them work permits.
In September 2017 Trump ended the benefit, which was demanded almost immediately by the state of California, the University of California (UC) system and six “dreamers” affected by the cancellation of the program, among others.
A federal judge in California ordered that it be maintained and that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continue to accept renewals.
The California judge’s decision was followed by two other federal justices, leading the Administration to seek the intervention of the highest judicial instance at about the same time that a federal appeals court was upholding the program’s elimination blockade.
“This defense is not only for the more than 700,000 ‘dreamers’ and their families but for the entire community, and the state of California, which will be hit hard by the cancellation of this program,” Becerra insisted on the state of the country that has the most undocumented youth in this situation.
California is home to more than 200,000 young people covered by DACA, who would be subject to deportation if the benefit is cancelled.
The Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling in the first half of 2020, and until then, qualified undocumented youth can renew their immigration protection.
Becerra reiterated that California will continue to challenge the Trump government’s policies that do not favor immigrants, workers and the environment, among others.
So far the Golden State has participated in 63 lawsuits against the current administration.