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Oregon joins group of states in federal lawsuit against Trump administration over DACA

Southern Oregon University, Sept. 7th 2017, (KTVL/Megan Allison)
Southern Oregon University, Sept. 7th 2017, (KTVL/Megan Allison)
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ASHLAND, Ore. -- Sixteen states filed a federal lawsuit this week, saying the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program is a violation of the constitution.

Immigration attorneys, like Yaschar Sarparast, say they could also be speaking out for financial reasons.

"When they're on the same page, it's saying it's really affecting our individual states economically. And as a result we are willing to take the backlash from the federal government that may come as a result of this lawsuit," Sarparast said.

Some say this issue is personal. Southern Oregon University professor Dennis Slattery said he's taught many DACA students.

"People who were carried across the border who have graduated from this university. It gives me goosebumps talking about it and they have come through education. And we don't give them a lot of support as a country, we don't give them grants and that kind of stuff," Slattery said.

The professor said one of these students is now working in the community.

"He has just become a citizen. I'm so proud of that progression. And I think that's the kind of people we want to continue to come here and encourage to come here," Slattery said.

Although attorneys say following the decision that Deferred Action for American Parents is unlawful, there is legal grounds for the Trump Administration's decision. Moving forward, Sarparast said immigration reform is the answer.

"All these executive programs are band-aids. Everybody agrees left and right that there needs to be a reform, a lasting reform, in the form of legislation," Sarparast said.

Federal officials said DACA recipients can use their work permits until they expire, and those that expire before March 5th can be renewed.

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