Washington DC – The American Federation of Teachers and the United Food and Commercial Workers joined the NAACP’s lawsuit citing a lack of due process for DACA recipients and the Trump’s administration’s failure to undertake the required “analysis or rulemaking procedures required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act and the Administrative Procedure Act” –laws designed to protect the public against abuses of power.
“The NAACP welcomes AFT and UFCW in standing against President Trump’s decision to renege on access to the American dream,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP. “In rescinding DACA, the President tells thousands of DREAMERS and their families that that America does not care about them. The President’s actions will only result in broken families and shattered aspirations. Together, we must live up America’s promise of hope for those suffering from violence, oppression or lack of opportunities coming to our shores yearning for freedom and a better life.”
In September, the NAACP filed suit against President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Secretary Elaine Duke, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security, in defense of people of color eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
“While we support the effort to find a bipartisan solution to protect the rights of DACA recipients, ending DACA without regard to due process or proper rulemaking is not only a betrayal of the 800,000 individuals who have always and only called the United States their home, it needlessly jeopardizes the rights and procedures that protect every American citizen,” said Marc Perrone, president of the UFCW International Union.
“By terminating DACA, President Trump is exploiting fear, pandering to those who want to scapegoat immigrants and using DACA recipients as a political football,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “The
AFT will use every legal and practical resource at our disposal to ensure Dreamers continue to thrive in the country they proudly call home.”
AFT and UFCW join a growing list of organizations taking strong public and now legal stands against the attempts to end DACA.