Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) signaled Tuesday that she believes former President Obama’s executive order to protect young immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as minors was on shaky legal ground, and said that is why Congress must act.
Feinstein was asked about the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program during an appearance on MSNBC.
“DACA was executive order. Legal is the law of passage of something,” Feinstein responded. “You know there are 10 attorneys general that are prepared to sue. I don’t want to get into that. The point is DACA is here and we’ve got 800,000 young people who depend on this.”
California lawmakers said Tuesday that they plan to protect young adults whose immigration status is jeopardized by the end of the DACA program.
At news conference at the Capitol attended by more than 20 legislators, Senate Speaker Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said California should be "beacon of hope and opportunity."
“We’re not going to allow one single executive decision on DACA to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, economic output and our sense of global responsibility," he said.
Former state schools chief Delaine Eastin, a Democrat running for California governor, on Tuesday expressed strong support for the young people currently shielded from deportation under the DACA program.
Eastin has called for enhanced protections of all immigrants and has been a harsh critic of the Trump administration since jumping into the race last fall. Along with supporting the impeachment of the president, Eastin has blasted efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and said she favors establishing a single-payer health care program.
Eastin on Tuesday called on Congress to immediately take action to protect young people known as Dreamers.
Mayor Garcetti responds to Trump administration ending DACA program.
Sep. 5, 2017, 1:56 p.m.
I have a great heart for these folks we're talking about.... Really we have no choice, we have to be able to do something. I think it's going to work out very well, and long term it's going to be the right solution.
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California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Tuesday that the state was prepared to sue the Trump administration over its decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a move he called "unconstitutional" as it could violate the rights of thousands of young immigrants who followed its rules.
"They paid fees. They went through background checks. They are paying taxes. They are doing everything that was asked of them," Becerra said at a news conference in Sacramento, alongside state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.
The decision to rescind the program, Becerra said, puts in jeopardy all those people who came out of the shadows and "relied on representations of the federal government."