The University of California announced on Friday that it will be suing Donald Trump for his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The university’s lawsuit comes after 15 other states announced legal action against Trump’s decision.
Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system was the one to file the lawsuit against Trump.
“Dreamers face expulsion from the only country that they call home based on nothing more than a unreasoned executive whim,” the lawsuit says, referring to recipients of DACA.
“It is hard to imagine a decision less reasoned, more damaging, or undertaken with less care.”
In a statement, Napolitano said ending DACA is “contrary to our national values and bad policy.”
“Neither I, nor the University of California, take the step of suing the federal government lightly, especially not the very agency that I led,” Napolitano said. “It is imperative, however, that we stand up for these vital members of the UC community. They represent the best of who we are — hard working, resilient and motivated high achievers. To arbitrarily and capriciously end the DACA program, which benefits our country as a whole, is not only unlawful, it is contrary to our national values and bad policy.”
According to the lawsuit, if DACA is ended the university will lose “vital members of its community, students, and employees.”
“UC has approximately 4,000 undocumented students, a substantial number of whom are DACA recipients,” the lawsuit says. “These individuals make important contributions to University life, expanding the intellectual vitality of the school, filling crucial roles as medical residents, research assistants, and student government leaders, and increasing the diversity of the community.”