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Homeland Security Must Reveal Why It Ended ‘Dreamers’ Policy

  • Federal judge orders disclosure of decision-making documents
  • DACA was used by 800,000 undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security must produce documents that detail the decision-making process for ending the “Dreamers" policy for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

A federal judge in San Francisco who is overseeing five lawsuits challenging the September announcement to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, said Tuesday that Homeland Security must turn over all emails, letters, memos, notes and other materials that were considered in the final decision.

Attorneys general from 15 states plus the District of Columbia have fsued to block President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back a program used by about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. About three-quarters of the young people are Mexicans.

The states allege that the administration’s plan violates the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment, as well as the federal Administrative Procedures Act. Ending DACA also threatens to harm companies’ and states’ economic interests, the state officials claim.

The case is Regents of the University of California v. United States Department of Homeland Security, 17-cv-05235, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

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