Fifteen states and the District of Columbia sued the US government Wednesday to block President Trump's plan to end protection against deportation for young immigrants, saying it was motivated by prejudice against Mexicans. Legal experts, however, say evidence of bias is not strong in the case involving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. "It might be able to muck up the works, maybe push off the effective date of the repeal, but I don't see litigation being successful in the same way as the travel ban," Kari Hong, an immigration expert at Boston College Law School tells the AP, referring to the lawsuit that limited Trump's ban involving predominately Muslim nations.
As indications of Trump's bias, the suit cited his previous statement referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and his decision to pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of contempt for ignoring a federal court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. "Ending DACA, whose participants are mostly of Mexican origin, is a culmination of President's Trump's oft-stated commitments ... to punish and disparage people with Mexican roots," the lawsuit filed in federal court in Brooklyn said. California plans to file a separate lawsuit with similar arguments. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include New York, Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia. (Trump says he might revisit his decision if Congress fails to "legalize" DACA.)