DENVER - Colorado leaders announced on Wednesday the state's intention to join a multi-state lawsuit led by New York, Washington, and Massachusetts challenging President Donald Trump's plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The program protects young immigrants from deportation who arrived as children and meet certain qualifications.
In joining the lawsuit, Gov. John Hickenlooper offered this statement:
“President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program is outrageous and risks the futures of more than 17,000 Coloradans...We urge Congress to immediately pass the Dream Act, ensuring that these young people can plan for their future here in the United States. We also repeat our call for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”
This comes after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a public announcement last week stating that the Trump administration planned to end DACA.
President Trump has been met with criticism from both democrats and republicans.