- Title: New York files lawsuit protecting DACA beneficiaries
- Date: 6th September 2017
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL, ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN, SAYING: "We understand what's going on in Washington, and we know that when bullies step up you have to step to them and step to them quickly. And that's what we're here to do today." SCHNEIDERMAN STANDING (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL, ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN, SAYING: "Ladies and gentlemen, by definition dreamersâ€™ play by the rules. Dreamers work hard. Dreamers pay taxes. For most, America is the only home they've ever known. They deserve to stay here. That is why this afternoon I'm announcing that New York has joined together with a coalition of 15 states and the District of Columbia, including Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Delaware, New Mexico, Illinois, Hawaii, Oregon, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia to file a legal action, which has just been filed in the federal district court for the Eastern District of New York, to try to stop this un-American, destructive effort." SCHNEIDERMAN LISTENING TO QUESTION (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL, ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN, SAYING: "We say and we lay out in our complaint, because 78 percent of the DACA grantees are Mexican and 93 percent are Latinos, and the administration has over and over again evinced an unconstitutional, discriminatory animus towards those groups."
- Embargoed: 20th September 2017 21:12
- Keywords: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman DACA immigrants immigration
- Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- City: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026XGN6FB
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- Story Text: U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to end protections and benefits for young people who were brought into the United States illegally as children faces a legal challenge from New York and other states.
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on Wednesday (September 6) a multistate lawsuit to protect beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.
Speaking at New York City's John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Schneiderman said, "This afternoon I'm announcing that New York has joined together with a coalition of 15 states and the District of Columbia... to try to stop this un-American, destructive effort."
The attorney general said the lawsuit is based on Trump's "unconstitutional, discriminatory animus" towards Mexicans and Latinos.
Legal experts have said that court challenges to Trump's actions could face an uphill battle, since the president typically has wide authority when it comes to implementing immigration policy.
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