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Princeton, Microsoft File Joint DACA Lawsuit

November 6, 2017
 
 

Princeton University  and Microsoft have joined together to file a lawsuit against President Trump’s rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. A DACA-protected student at Princeton, Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez, is also listed as a plaintiff.

Trump announced a rollback of the President Obama-era executive order on Sept. 5, though it isn’t scheduled to be fully enforced until March, a nod to Congress to come up with comprehensive legislation by then. The program allows temporary legal protection and work authorization, renewed every two years, for immigrants brought into the country illegally under the age of 16. 

Because of the demographic that DACA protects, many colleges have become vocal of Trump’s reversing of the program. Microsoft employs 45 DACA recipients, according to Princeton’s statement announcing the lawsuit. 

The lawsuit, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., is part of a litany of litigation filed in opposition to Trump’s move on DACA. It argues that cancellation of the program violated the the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection, as well as the Administrative Procedure Act. The lawsuit also asks the government to abstain from using the data that DACA recipients provide to the government in order to receive protection.

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