DENVER — Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 Today Colorado announced its intention to join a multi-state lawsuit led by New York, Washington, and Massachusetts challenging the President’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program protects young immigrants from deportation who arrived as children and meet certain qualifications. In joining the lawsuit, Gov. John Hickenlooper offered this statement:

“President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program is outrageous and risks the futures of more than 17,000 Coloradans. Colorado benefits when DREAMers have the opportunity to thrive in our communities and the only country they’ve ever known. These young people should not have to suffer because of our broken immigration system. While this lawsuit is no substitute for the sort of comprehensive immigration reform that can only come from Congress, it sends a necessary message that the rule of law and basic notions of fairness still matter in this country. We urge Congress to immediately pass the Dream Act, ensuring that these young people can plan for their future here in the United States. We also repeat our call for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”