AG Ferguson speaks to WSU Tri-Cities about DACA lawsuit
RICHLAND, Wash. — On Monday Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson addressed a group of Washington State University Tri-Cities students, staff and Tri-Cities community members. He said he’s confident DACA students will be protected.
Ferguson said there are multiple legal arguments being brought up in the lawsuit against the Trump Administration in the fight to keep the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
He said a court has never ruled that the Obama-era policy was unconstitutional. One of the arguments being used is a law that protects small businesses.
“It is our argument that be revoking that protections for Dreamers, that has impact on businesses,” said Ferguson.
“Those 17,000 Dreamers contribute tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue for our state. They’re working for our employers, they’re students at our colleges, they’re serving in our armed forces. It just seems crazy to me that we go back on the promise that we made to them. That they could stay in this country if they follow the rules. They’re meeting their end of the bargain. The government should meet theirs as well,” said Ferguson.
Ferguson is one of 15 other Attorney Generals to file a lawsuit last month to block President Trump’s decision to end DACA.
WSU Tri-Cities student and DACA recipient Maria Torres told her story before introducing Ferguson. She was brought to the U.S. as a child and is now studying for a Mechanical Engineering degree.
“It’s an overwhelming feeling to have all the support, that everything that we’re doing on campus is not only impacting us, but there’s people there to support us and help us fight our fight,” said Torres.
Ferguson said it is right to stand up for the nearly 800,000 Dreamers like Torres.
“They’re scared for good reason. They came to this country through no fault of their own. Now our country is saying ‘Hey, we may use the info you provided to us to be eligible for a program to use it against you to deport you to a country you may not even know,” he said.
He said a federal website with DACA information used to have a Question and Answer section saying personal information will not be used against recipients.
On the day Attorney General Jeff Session announced the recission of DACA, the page was removed.
“It doesn’t get any more un-American that that,” said Ferguson.