Attorneys general plan to sue Trump if he ends DACA

State AGs Bob Ferguson and Eric Schneiderman announced their plans today.

“If President Trump follows through on his reported decision to cancel DACA after a six-month delay, the Washington Attorney General’s Office will file suit to halt this cruel and illegal policy and defend DACA recipients,” Ferguson said in his statement. “We have been working closely with legal teams around the country, and we expect to be joined by other states in this action.”

DACA, started by then-President Obama in 2012, allows certain unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to apply for deferred action on deportation and for work permit eligibility.

This would not be the first time Ferguson has taken legal action against the Trump administration; he was one of the first state attorneys general to file legal action against the president’s travel ban, which temporarily halted the admittance of citizens from several Middle Eastern countries.

Schneiderman also filed suit against the initial and a revised version of Trump’s travel ban.

Asked last Friday whether he plans to end the DACA program, Trump offered few specifics.

"We love the Dreamers. We love everybody," he told reporters in the Oval Office.

Ending the DACA program has drawn criticism from Democrats as well as Republicans who favor a legislative solution to the issue.