This lawsuit comes one week after President Trump issued a memo saying that undocumented immigrants would not count toward congressional representation in the 2020 census.
California’s legal challenge makes the claim that Trump is “side-stepping” the Constitution’s mandate for a “count of all persons” and potentially chilling the response to the census, which all people residing in the United States are meant to participate in, not just citizens.
The Trump administration has been trying to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program since September 2017. The latest attempt sees the Trump administration shutting down new applications and cutting the renewal period for existing applications in half. This action is expected to bring a renewed bout of legal challenges to the administration over the policy change.
The Trump administration’s latest attack on the #DACA program is nothing short of a stunt to stall for time. Let us be clear, we will continue to fight for our #DREAMers and will take our fight to the ballot box in November. https://t.co/LXm6wZRCb2 pic.twitter.com/KP8aZ0eEbz
— UnidosUS (@WeAreUnidosUS) July 29, 2020
In March, the Trump administration announced that anyone—including undocumented children—entering the United States would be immediately deported. Last week, the Associated Press issued a report that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been holding children in hotels before deporting them. These hotels offer little in the way of education and recreation for the children that are held there.
Before the Trump administration’s March order, unaccompanied children were sent through the Office of Refugee Resettlement to be reunited with a family member or sponsor and wait out their case in the United States. Thanks to a lawsuit by the ACLU, now 17 of those children will have the opportunity to have their cases heard.