The United States is a nation of immigrants and indigenous people. For centuries, immigrants have come to the United States seeking a better life and contributing to the nation’s growth through ingenuity and persistence. Today, immigrants continue to contribute to all aspects of America life.
Attorneys general work to protect the rights of the immigrants living in their states and districts. They advocate for humane immigration policies and stand up for those emigrating to the United States under the most difficult circumstances – often fleeing violence or political persecution. Immigration policy reflects the values of the nation, and attorneys general lead with a moral compass that treats immigrants with compassion and recognizes the benefits immigrants bring to our economy and culture.
Below are examples of actions taken by attorneys general to protect immigrants and promote humane and sensible immigration policies:
- A coalition of 17 AGs continued the fight against the Trump Administration’s efforts to threaten Dreamers currently registered for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with deportation. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a new memorandum making changes to the program — including declining to accept any new initial DACA applications — while considering whether to fully rescind DACA.
- NY AG Letitia James helped score a major victory for asylum seekers, persuading a federal court to order a preliminary injunction and block two Trump Administration rules that limit access to employment authorizations for asylum seekers.
- A coalition of 23 AGs won a court ruling to protect the 2020 Decennial Census by stopping President Donald Trump’s attempts to exclude undocumented immigrants from the apportionment base following the census count.
- A coalition of 19 AGs filed a brief in support of a legal effort to block the Trump Administration’s regulation that arbitrarily and dramatically increased fees for immigration-related applications. As part of the rule, the Trump Administration — for the first time in U.S. history — will impose fees on asylum applications for those fleeing violence and persecution.
- Massachusetts AG Maura Healey filed a lawsuit to block an unlawful rule from the Trump Administration that prevents colleges and universities from providing CARES Act funds to DACA grantees, Temporary Protected Status recipients, and academically struggling students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A coalition of 22 AGs filed a brief opposing the Trump Administration’s unlawful regulation prohibiting individuals from applying for asylum if they have entered the United States between ports of entry.
- A group of 15 AGs filed a brief defending a New Jersey directive that limits when and how local law enforcement can cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The coalition argued that the court should uphold New Jersey’s directive because states have the responsibility and authority to protect public safety, regulate law enforcement, and decide how to use their limited resources.
- New York AG Letitia James won a major victory that prevents the Trump Administration’s practice of making civil immigration arrests in and around state courthouses in a manner that interferes with the state’s administration of justice.
- A coalition of 20 AGs filed a brief in federal court defending the due process rights of immigrant detainees who have been unlawfully denied bond.