e legal challenges to US President's Donald Trump's order to phase out DACA have begun. Dreamers and those supporting their right to remain in the US making their first court appearances in San Fransisco Thursday. The plaintiffs in four separate cases claiming the Trump administration did not follow proper procedure in rescinding DACA, the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals program.
That currently protects the so called Dreamers, some 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children. The suits also claim that making legal promises to a group of people only to revoke them violates due process. Reuters legal reporter Dan Levine is at the San Francisco federal courthouse.
>> While some legal experts do think that it will be tough to win in court on these claims, DACA recipients say that they relied on the government's promises and are taking out loans and investing in their lives, and that the government can't just make a promise and then go back on it.
>> A federal judge holding an initial hearing on four Bay Area lawsuits challenging the president's decision to end DACA. The cases include one filed by six individual Dreamers. Another suit filed by the University of California, now led by former Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano an architect of DACA under President Obama.
A third suit filed by the city of San Jose and the fourth by State Attorneys General led by California's Xavier Becerra.>> We don't bait and switch in this country. We don't tell people one thing and then the next put them in harm's way.>> Trump has called on Congress to enact an alternate law to protect DACA recipients, last week, angering some Republicans by negotiating with top Congressional Democratic leaders on possible legislation.
Dreamers with work permits that expire before the program is set to end in March have until October 5th to apply for a two year renewal. A US attorney at Thursday's hearing saying the government has not yet decided if it would extend that deadline.>> I say immigrant, you say power!