Statement on New Jersey Joining National Lawsuit Challenging Trump Decision to End DACA

Trenton, NJ -- The Murphy Administration and Attorney General Gubir S. Grewal announced today that they will be joining the 15 states and the District of Columbia in their lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s termination of the DACA program. The lawsuit was filed on September 6th, 2017 by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in the Eastern District of New York and was later joined by the attorneys general from Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

In response to today’s announcement, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice Director, Johanna Calle, released the following statement:

“Today is a proud day for New Jersey, our Dreamers and their families as we applaud Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewal for joining the fight against the Trump Administration’s ruthless and xenophobic attacks on our communities. We are honored to the join the diverse group of states across the nation as we stand in support of America’s 800,000 Dreamers, including 22,000 New Jerseyans who have benefited from the DACA program. These young immigrants call New Jersey their home and their lives have been thrown into chaos and uncertainty since the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate the program. We will stand tall with our immigrant youth and continue to hold our leaders accountable to our American values in resisting the Administration’s attacks and advocating for a path to citizenship for Dreamers and their families.”