Maryland joins three other states to defend DREAMers
(BALTIMORE, MD, 9/12/17) - The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed an announcement by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh that Maryland has joined Maine, Minnesota and California in filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.
"We applaud Attorney General Frosh's commitment to giving DREAMers the chance to work and study without the threat of deportation while Congress addresses our broken immigration system," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. "These young people deserve to live free from the fear and anxiety that forces them live in the shadows of society, unable to contribute to our nation’s economy."
Last week, President Trump authorized U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to formally announce the end in six months the Obama-era program which protected young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. Nearly one million people are estimated to be directly impacted by this decision.
The suit is filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and argues that the Trump administration's rescinding of DACA violates the U.S. Constitution and federal laws.
In July, Attorney General Frosh joined nearly two dozen other Attorneys General to send a letter to President Trump urging him to maintain and preserve DACA.
CAIR recently issued an action alert urging all Americans to call the White House and demand that the president uphold immigration protections for the 800,000 young people who call the United States home.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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