We’re Suing the Trump Administration for Taking DACA Away From People Who’ve Followed the Rules

In April, President Trump had a message for the 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who were given permission to live in the U.S. under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program: “The dreamers,” he said, “should rest easy.”

We now know that was a lie. In September, Trump announced he was ending the DACA program in six months, plunging nearly a million young immigrants’ lives into chaos. But Trump’s assault on DACA recipients began much earlier than previously known.

During his administration, federal immigration authorities have illegally stripped DACA protections from DACA recipients who have only been accused of a crime or found guilty of a minor misdemeanor that doesn’t affect their DACA status. Their protections have been taken away without any notice, any explanation, or any opportunity to respond. They now face deportation back to their parents’ home countries, even though America is the only true home they’ve ever known.

To stop the government’s abuses, we filed a class action lawsuit today on behalf of DACA recipients and the Inland Empire – Immigrant Youth Collective, a grassroots organization led by immigrant youth in Southern California. Our lawsuit seeks to hold the administration to the promises it made and ensure that DACA provides protection from deportation for however long the program exists.

The story of one of our lead plaintiffs, Jesús Alonso Arreola Robles , shows what’s at stake.

In February, Jesús  was wrongly arrested by a Customs and Border Protection agent for smuggling immigrants into the country and had his car and cellphone confiscated as well. After spending three weeks in immigration detention, Jesús finally went before an immigration judge who found that he wasn’t involved in smuggling and released him on bond.

Jesús thought his nightmare was over, but it was only beginning. A few days later, the government issued a notice that his DACA had been terminated without any explanation. Without a work permit, Jesús couldn’t make a living, and CBP has refused to return his car and phone. Now he faces the possibility of deportation to Mexico — a country he left when he was one year old.

What happened to Jesús , and many other DACA recipients like him, is unlawful. Under the DACA program, the government must give prior notice to young immigrants of their termination from the program and allow them to contest it. Instead, the government is revoking DACA status without due process, based on unsubstantiated suspicions of criminal activity or minor run-ins with the law, such as traffic offenses, even though these people have not violated the terms of the program and continue to be eligible for it.

No one should lose their ability to live and work in the United States after being merely accused of wrongdoing. Nor should they be stripped of a benefit as important as DACA without basic due process protections. People like Jesús  — who met all the requirements for DACA, came forward courageously and provided their information to the government, paid a fee, and planned their lives in reliance on the program — deserve DACA’s protections for as long as they continue.

But the reality is that DACA has never been enough. The Trump administration’s arbitrary decision to end the program makes it clear that we cannot leave these young people’s fate to whoever happens to be sitting in the White House.

Congress must act immediately to pass a clean Dream Act that would put people like Jesús on a path to citizenship and demand that the president sign it into law. Only the Dream Act will ensure that DACA recipients become full and permanent members of the country they know as their home. Only the Dream Act can protect these Americans from a president who tells them everything will be okay and then callously throws their lives into disarray.

If you or someone you know have had DACA unfairly revoked, please contact the ACLU at DACArevoked@aclu.org.

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If by "rules" the ACLU means laws - immigrants need to follow them and apply for citizenship from their birth country.

Linda Stone

DACA recipient allegedly killed SC high school student this month. 2 DACA recipients taken into custody by border patrol in Texas for alledged human smuggling.

Why does ACLU & the media always portray Dreamers always as people deserving of pity. What about the plight of US citizens? What does the American in ACLU stand for?


It doesn't matter what the ACLU or anyone else thinks. This is what truth is. DACA Dreamers are illegal immigrants period. They are not U S Citizens nor were they ever promised they would be. If they don't want to leave their families then they should take their families with them. Hello? We have laws in this country and they are here illegally whether anyone likes it or not. They have absolutely NO rights even though they feel like they are entitled to have some. Well.......wrong. I don't get to live in my own country and break the law and they shouldn't either.


Sue away. It will be a waste of time, effort and money. That is rather hilarious. It is a DONE deal. We have reset our priorities and DACA is not one of them. You are fighting a losing battle.


President Trump did not "cancel" or "revoke" DACA. He let it expire. Want to sue someone, sue former President Obama for creating a program with a limited lifespan.


good info


Just stumbled on this site, legalize pot, condone illegal immigrants, murder by abortion etc. Are there any laws that are ok with you?


Americans dream too. ACLU mentions everybody deserves the right to work. I remember when I was 18 I was so desperately looking for a job. I would try so many fast food places, retail stores, even grocery stores, and I would be told , " No experience, no job, bye". But I also noticed that a lot of kids from foreign countries, who appeared to be my same age, working there. Do you care about AMERICANS ACLU?


Why is the liberal propaganda machine IGNORING the fact that ILLEGAL means ILLEGAL ... like a crime.

The stupid democrats have been allowing illegals to come and stay for DECADES. Now you use children (as they do for second amendment issues) to tug at heartstrings of people who don't understand the LAW.

I heard a Maryland representative actually say: "Don't assume illegals will commit crimes" ... Well, Mr. Maryland rep, ILLEGALS ARE ALREADY COMMITING A CRIME BY SNEAKING INTO THE USA.

The liberal mindset is to repeat nonsequiturs and lies so much that the uneducated cannot tell the difference.



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