North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has joined 14 other attorney generals in filing a lawsuit against the President; citing his actions against DACA (Deffered Action for Childhood Arrivals) as a violation of the equal protection and due process rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
(DACA rally at CCB Plaza in Durham, N.C. on September 5th regarding the President’s announcement on DACA. Photo credit – WUNC.org)
Stein notes that scrapping or revising the program significantly would leave around 27,000 North Carolinians uncertain about their future in the state as well as in the country.
Not only does Attorney General Josh Stein believe the action is illegal and immoral, he also believes the end of DACA would devastate the North Carolina economy.
According to the lawsuit, North Carolina has one of the “largest undocumented high school populations in the country” with close to 31,000 students without proper paperwork having been enrolled in 2015. Furthermore, Stein cites that any undocumented students in North Carolina colleges and universities would be affected by the end of DACA; further hurting the tax base.
According to a center at UNC-Chapel Hill, where the North Carolina immigrant population was 1.7% in 1990, the number rose to 7.6% in 2014.
There seem to be a lot of lawsuits/investigations against the president these days. It will be important to see what becomes of them and what impact they have on the country; especially in the upcoming 2018 midterms.