SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson spoke to a crowd at Gonzaga University Friday detailing his latest lawsuit against the Trump administration over a decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
There's an estimated 800,000 DACA students in the country, and 18,000 in Washington. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he's committed to protecting the rights of all Washingtonians, including undocumented immigrants.
"We're here to do everything we can to protect them, I know it's a stressful time, but we think what the president did is unconstitutional and we're working hard to protect their rights," said Ferguson.
He claims President Trump's decision to end DACA violated equal protection guarantees, and discriminated against young Mexican immigrants, which make up 80 percent of all DACA students.
Washington joins 14 other states, and the District of Columbia in suing the president on this matter.
"Right now, we're going through a process of getting documents from the federal government, we'll be taking depositions, we'll build up our case," Ferguson said. "But January 18th, mark down the calendar, that's when there will be a hearing on whether or not the program can be rescinded or not."
President Trump is giving Congress six months to decide on DACA's future. If no decision is reached, Mr. Trump will cancel the program.
On Monday, three Republican Senators introduced a new billed titled the SUCCEED Act (Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers, Employment, Education and Defending our nation). The bill would provide a path toward citizenship, among other things, for DACA students.