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Here’s why young immigrants from the Inland Empire are suing Trump administration

By in Press Enterprise on October 11, 2017

By Alejandra Molina

An immigrant youth coalition in the Inland Empire that helps immigrants fight against deportation, obtain driver’s licenses and apply for DACA work permits now is challenging the Trump administration.

The Inland Empire-Immigrant Youth Collective is one of two plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that claims federal immigration authorities have illegally revoked deportation relief and work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

Those affected are DACA recipients who have been accused of crimes or found guilty of minor misdemeanors — occurrences that the ACLU said do not affect their protected status.

The ACLU is not suing President Donald Trump for phasing out DACA. It instead targets immigration enforcement actions against DACA recipients under his administration.

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Their protections have been taken away “without any advance notice, any chance to be heard, or any opportunity for reinstatement … instantaneously losing their ability to support themselves and their families,” according to the suit.

The lawsuit contends the revocation practices violate the federal Administrative Procedures Act and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The Department of Homeland Security declined to comment on the lawsuit.

“As a matter of policy, we do not […]    

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