County, employee union announce suit against Trump cancellation of DACA

Officials tout action as the first partnership of its kind

Santa Clara County along with Service Employees International Union Local 521 announced that they have filed suit in federal court today against the Trump administration for its elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The lawsuit, announced today at a news conference with county and union officials, is being touted as the first lawsuit against the DACA elimination by a municipality and a labor union together.

Also mentioned as defendants in the suit are Attorney General Jeff Sessions, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"Our lawsuit is unique because it is a partnership with our represented employees, with local SEIU 521 asserting standing on behalf of its own membership," Santa Clara County Counsel James Williams said. "This is the first partnership of its kind."

SEIU Local 521 chief elected officer Riko Mendez said its chapter covers public, nonprofit and public hospital employees across 17 California counties from San Mateo to Bakersfield. The largest contingent in the chapter is in Santa Clara County, where they cover more than 10,000 members.

Mendez said no other municipalities approached the union about teaming together for a DACA lawsuit before Santa Clara County did. He said the union filed an amicus brief in support of a previous lawsuit to defend sanctuary cities and counties.

"This is the first time that any union and a county have officially joined together as co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the federal administration," Mendez said.

The DACA program allowed for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to apply for a deferment of deportation and apply for work permits, which they can renew every two years. The Trump administration announced no more new applications would be accepted under a phased termination of the program.

More than 800,000 undocumented immigrants -- also known as "Dreamers" -- have signed up for the program since it was established as an executive order from then-President Barack Obama in 2012. Around 223,000 of those Dreamers live in California and 23,000 of them live in Santa Clara County.

The city of San Jose, University of California, 15 other states and Washington, D.C., have also filed suit against the Trump administration after President Donald Trump rescinded the program on Sept. 5. None of those lawsuits, however, collaborated with an employee union.

"That's what we think makes it a very effective lawsuit, and very difficult for our adversaries to dismiss," Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors president Dave Cortese said.

Mendez said many of its members want the union to do the "right thing" to support DACA recipients.

"I feel that standing up for our members that are part of DACA, and also our members that provide services to the undocumented population, we're doing the right thing as the organization," he said.

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Posted by MAS
a resident of another community
on Oct 11, 2017 at 9:38 am

I wish articles about law suits would state the basis of the law suit. What is the claim being made?

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Posted by Dinis55
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm

This is a waste of taxpayers' money! It is a frivolous lawsuit that will do nothing other than get publicity! It's a stunt at the expense of legal residents' taxes! The Executive branch of the government NEVER had the authority to draft/enforce the "DREAM Act"! Only Congress can make laws! So sad that sheeple, even those born in the US have no idea how our government works and what are the responsibilities of each branch! Here's a primer: the Executive branch (President represents our government in matters related to foreign affairs and approves of vetoes legislation created by Congress!) the Legislative branch (Senate and House of Representatives) draft legislation; a bill (a bill is a law or an appropriation) must pass both houses of Congress before presented to the President for approval or veto; the Senate can override a Presidential veto if 2/3 majority vote to override it (btw... money tied to any bill must be appropriated by the House; they control the purse-strings) (Changes or modifications to laws such as US Immigration Law MAY ONLY be initiated and passed in Congress! DACA is an exception to US Immigration Law - the President does NOT have the authority to make that exception!) President Obama overstepped his authority by creating DACA. President Trump only reversed a policy that was illegal to begin with, and turned it over to Congress to take care of (because THAT'S THEIR JOB)!; they are the APPROPRIATE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT FOR THIS!! And, last is the Judicial branch - Federal courts and Federal circuit courts (California is under the 9th Federal Circuit Court ), all the way up to the Supreme Court. The responsibility of the Judiciary is to rule whether a case is legal under the US Constitution ONLY! They are NOT supposed to "legislate from the bench", the 9th Circuit Court very often makes rulings that are NOT legal under the Constitution, essentially approving of and making new laws; again, something outside of their authority. The 9th has more rulings overturned by the Supreme Court than any other Circuit Court! So... get it through your heads! Obama broke the law by drafting and enforcing DACA, Trump just reversed an illegal policy! You cannot sue the President for doing something he legally can and should have done! You're just wasting taxpayers' money and
SEIU is wasting union dues on this ridiculous lawsuit! Not to mention the waste of taxpayers' money tieing up the court's time. Time and taxpayer money that could have been used to adjudicate REAL lawsuits! I know that very few of you have read this far, but if you have, PLEASE educate your friends, family and co-workers how our government is SUPPOSED to work. Don't blame Trump, contact your Senators and Representatives and tell them to do their job and draft a DACA bill, which is THEIR responsibility, NOT the President. Lay the blame at the feet of the branch of government who's job it is to create such policies! Trump already said that he's approve such a bill, THAT'S HIS JOB!

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Posted by Citizen84
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 11, 2017 at 4:53 pm

Citizen84 is a registered user.

What the heck, your moderator now deleting my posts without at least a notification as to why?

Just because you may not agree, does not make it right to silence me.

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