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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 Tuesday against the Trump administration for its elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The lawsuit, announced Tuesday 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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27 people like this
Posted by Daniel
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2017 at 5:56 pm

All illegal aliens including Dreamers/DACAs should be deported back to their homeland.
DACA was a program for deferred deportation of illegal aliens with most of them from ages 21-35. They were brought in by their illegal alien parents to go to school here and bypass the immigration laws. DACA ended Sept. 5. The deferred deportation time has ended. The newspapers are focusing on the smaller number of DACAs that plan to go to college as a reason for amnesty for all DACAs, their families, and other illegal aliens in the US.
According to federal information, as a group 320,000 DACAs are not going to college. One hundred sixty thousand, 160,000, DACAs dropped out of school and have a ninth grade education. The other 160,000 DACAs finished high school or a GED but have no plans to go to college. News articles don't provide this information, but it was provide at the congressional committee meeting.
It is doubtful that the 160,000 minimally educated DACAs will pay much in taxes.
Only about 60,000 DACAs have a four year or above college degree.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 10, 2017 at 8:55 pm

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"According to federal information, as a group 320,000 DACAs are not going to college. One hundred sixty thousand, 160,000, DACAs dropped out of school and have a ninth grade education. The other 160,000 DACAs finished high school or a GED but have no plans to go to college."

Geez, they went redstate native fast. What's your hangup with redstaters?


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Posted by Crescent Park Mom
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 11, 2017 at 1:35 pm

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DACA aside....how is it that state, county, and city officials keep making decisions about ILLEGAL immigrants without reaching out to the community to find out what we want (ie Sanctuary Cities)? Those leaders making decisions in a vacuum, and assuming we all agree with them, need to go!!!


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Posted by bill1940
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 11, 2017 at 2:20 pm

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People seem to forget the 14th amendment to the constitution. One cannot legally summarily deport DACA children without due process of the law. What is below applies to anyone living here, and in particular, to DACA's because of their long term residence. Gee, how many US citizens don't go to college? Does this somehow lessen a person's importance. In any case there will be a very long legal battle over the president's impulsive attempts to deny DACA's of their rights under the constitution. I doubt if he's ever read it ...

Within U.S. territory, non-citizens have rights because of the 14th Amendment, which declares “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”


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Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 11, 2017 at 4:08 pm

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Wow, cold hearts in the comments. A child brought across the border, some of them not even walking yet, who has grown up here, speaks perfect English and is culturally American should be sent back for something that happened over which they had no control?


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Posted by Curmudgeon
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on Oct 11, 2017 at 8:42 pm

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Posted by Sanctimonious City
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on Oct 12, 2017 at 6:56 am

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Posted by Sanctimonious City
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on Oct 12, 2017 at 10:20 am

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Posted by AnnaMolina
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm

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What the taxpayers have paid because of illegal immigration is the real crime.What I find most interesting is the all out BLITZ by the Democrats, MSM, every faculty member at any university in the country fighting to the death for illegal aliens? they put a warm and fuzzy name on it "Dreamers." and no one seem to wonder why? future voters? can you imagine the Democrats ever being this interested or motivated in issues involving citizens! There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs American Citizens don't have or will be in competition for.

The MSM and Democrats would have us believe that all 800 thousand are not taking jobs Americans want (we've heard that lie for many years now.) This is another falsehood told to the American people. Democrats have actually changed the language. It's not illegal alien its "Immigrant." (like the lie there just 'Kids") there not all picking strawberries they take great Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes put their kids through college.Why must the citizens of our country have competition for jobs, education in their own country from foreign nationals? Now Democrats and illegal alien activists admit DACA recipients have great jobs,are buying homes, paying taxes.

The GOAL, motivation (Democrats just haven't figured this out yet) is for the American citizens to be employed, sending their kids to college, buying homes and paying taxes. It's not the responsibility of the citizens of this country to support, educate citizens from other country's.Deportation will save jobs and decrease the expense of illegal aliens. There is also an incredible public safety issues.

"Some" of the costs associated with illegal immigration.

*The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student.

*Now city, and state officials are appropriating millions of taxpayer dollars for legal fees to to file law suits and in defense of illegal aliens being deported.

*2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

*30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At 21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison---U do the math.

*$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

*$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps),WIC, & free school lunches.

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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 12, 2017 at 4:23 pm

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"The MSM and Democrats would have us believe that all 800 thousand are not taking jobs Americans want (we've heard that lie for many years now.)"

Yes indeed a crying shame. Our Palo Alto students toil for many arduous years in class and over their homework so they can get into Harvard or Smith or Yale and get their MBA so they can get that dream career picking strawberries, only to find that swarms of dark-skinned immigrants have stolen their jobs. It's enough to make a body vote for Trump again.

"Democrats have actually changed the language. It's not illegal alien its "Immigrant.""

Actually, it's Fox and Breitbart who define the terms. This is crucial so pay attention: Dark incomers from Mexico and other countries are "illegals;" while unpapered immigrants from northern Europe are "undocumenteds." Trump brought in a couple dozen of the latter as slave labor for building Trump Tower. Undocumenteds don't complain to the authorities about working conditions. Slick, no?


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Posted by AnnaMolina
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 12, 2017 at 4:35 pm

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"Actually, it's Fox and Breitbart who define the terms."

No Fox, Breitbart call them what they are. Illegal aliens....not children...not kids. Grown adults.

"This is crucial so pay attention: Dark incomers from Mexico and other countries are "illegals;" while unpapered immigrants from northern Europe are "undocumenteds." Trump brought in a couple dozen of the latter as slave labor for building Trump Tower. Undocumenteds don't complain to the authorities about working conditions. Slick, no?"

Wrong again. incomers who gain entry to this country by hiding in the trunk of a car is why they are illegal NOT because of their skin color.

YES I will vote for President Trump again.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 12, 2017 at 5:56 pm

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"incomers who gain entry to this country by hiding in the trunk of a car is why they are illegal NOT because of their skin color."

So you agree that Trump's custom-imported "undocumented" Polish workforce was illegal. That means Trump's an accessory to multiple criminal acts. Therefore you voted for an immigration lawbreaker, and you plan to do it again.

Congratulations! You are an exemplary Trump voter.


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Posted by AnnaMolina
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 12, 2017 at 7:06 pm

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So you agree that Trump's custom-imported "undocumented" Polish workforce was illegal.

Not at all. You present theory's with not a shred of support to back up what you say. If your looking for criminal wrong doing, look no further then Hillary and Bill Clinton. I am an exemplary Trump voter. Americans FIRST!.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 12, 2017 at 10:07 pm

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"If your looking for criminal wrong doing, look no further then Hillary and Bill Clinton."

Nothing there. They've been investigated again and again and again by the best and brightest the Republicans have to offer, and they've been exonerated each time. We both know Republican judgments are definitive, don't we?

Why hasn't Trump locked them up, like he promised his faithful Base he'd do, over and over again? It's like Mexico paying for The Wall--never seems to happen. Looks a lot like Don and Hill and Bill are in some kind of secret cahoots. Keep your eyes peeled, OK?


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