AUGUSTA – Immigrant “Dreamers” have won a legal battle, assisted by Maine and other states.
Maine joined California, Minnesota and Maryland one year ago in a federal circuit court of appeals lawsuit to block the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that gives protections to immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
Maine’s lawsuit was combined with others.
“The 9th circuit affirmed the DACA preliminary injunction,” said Maine Attorney General Janet Mills. “So this is important for Maine.”
She said there are at least 95 people in Maine protected from deportation under DACA who work or study in the state and thousands of others in the partnering states.
“They came here as children and if the administration in Washington has its way they will be sent back to some war-torn county that they never knew,” Mills said of the Dreamers. “That’s not right. That’s not fair. That is the opposite of justice.”
The governor sued Mills for joining the lawsuit, saying she should have asked permission first, and just a few weeks ago the Maine Superior Court ruled against him.