Princeton University recently announced that it has joined forces with Microsoft to file a federal lawsuit to preserve DACA. This is all following the Trump administration’s September 2017 decision to roll back the government program protecting undocumented immigrants. In the new lawsuit, Princeton and Microsoft allege that DACA’s termination violated both the United States Constitution and federal law.
A Princeton undergraduate student, Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez, leads the lawsuit filed on November 3 in Washington D.C. She believes that the termination of DACA will harm both her and other DACA recipients. More specifically, she thinks that Princeton will “suffer the loss of critical members of its community” if DACA is pulled back.
See more on the legal aspect of the lawsuit below:
The plaintiffs claim that the government’s actions violated the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, including its guarantee of equal protection under the law, as well as the Administrative Procedure Act. The complaint asks for a declaration that the DACA program is lawful and constitutional, and for an injunction that both stops the administration from terminating DACA and prevents the government from using the information provided by Dreamers against them or for purposes of immigration enforcement.
Microsoft employs 45 DACA recipients and has long been supportive of legislation which will protect those who are under the DACA Program. “The 45 Dreamers employed by Microsoft today are making countless contributions in our company and community,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith in the Princeton Press release.