The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas today condemned Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for joining a group of state officials urging the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  DACA allows immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, known as DREAMers, to apply for a work permit and temporary protection against deportation.

“It’s shocking that just a few days before we’ll celebrate the birth of our democracy as a nation of immigrants, Attorney General Rutledge is demonstrating such a callous disregard for the very people she’s supposed to protect and serve,” said Rita Sklar, ACLU of Arkansas Executive Director. “These law-abiding young people came to the U.S. as children and are valued members of our communities. Telling the Trump administration to eliminate their protected status - ‘or else’ - is truly beyond the pale. We condemn this attempt to threaten the federal government into targeting DREAMers and will continue to defend the rights of all Arkansans.”

In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Rutledge and nine other state officials threaten legal action if the Trump administration does not phase out DACA. The letter says that if President Trump phases out DACA, the states would dismiss the current lawsuit against another program called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, which was filed during the Obama administration. The states said that if the administration does not end DACA, their lawsuit will be amended to include both programs.

A copy of the letter is here: