The ACLU and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of several young immigrants against the Trump administration for its unlawful revocations of their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status.
These revocations have taken place without notice or an opportunity for the young immigrants to present their case, even though they followed all program rules and did not engage in any conduct to disqualify them from DACA. The lawsuit, IEIYC & Arreola v. Duke, challenges these revocation practices and was filed against officials from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection. The lawsuit says that these revocation practices violate the federal Administrative Procedures Act and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The lawsuit alleges that the Department of Homeland Security has a practice of unlawfully and arbitrarily revoking DACA grants and work authorizations based on unproven allegations or low-level offenses such as traffic violations that do not disqualify the individual from the program. DHS terminates DACA in these cases without any advance notice, any chance to fight the government’s actions, or an opportunity to reinstate DACA when an individual is cleared of any allegations.
If you or someone you know has had a DACA grant revoked, please contact the ACLU at DACArevoked@aclu.org.
Update (11/21/17): A judge has ordered the government to temporarily restore Jesus Arreola’s DACA—which was terminated even though he followed all the rules. In the space of a few days, Jesus became a father, and saw his DACA restored.