The ACLU’s victory in the fight to end DACA

UC pushed to break legal ground by hiring immigrant students without work permits,” said the Associated Press. “The Trump administration’s new immigration policy may face a lawsuit from a group of young immigrants who would argue that the policy violates federal law.”

This is a really big deal. Trump is pushing to use federal immigration law to strip immigrants of rights and force them into mandatory labor camps. How the ACLU responds to that is entirely in the hands of the organization. If the ACLU is able to defeat the administration’s effort to make it harder for people to stand up for their rights while enforcing federal immigration law, it will be a huge victory. A victory that the ACLU has already achieved: The DREAM Act was recently signed into law in the form of an executive order. If President Trump is able to do the same with immigration policy, it will have been worth the fight.

On Wednesday, the news was also a major victory in a larger fight to bring DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to a close. DACA allows DREAMers (U.S. residents who were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children) to live and work in the U.S. for two years — or obtain legal status for those already here. If he can’t do away with DACA, then it will have been worth it.

But there is still an important fight ahead: President Trump still has the opportunity to sign an executive order that would end DACA with the stroke of a pen. This isn’t the first option up his sleeve, but it’s the one that’s been pushed hardest.

We’ll keep you updated on this as the lawsuit moves ahead.

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