Colo. chambers of commerce back Dreamers protection

In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, demonstrators rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) outside the Capitol in Washington.

Colorado and 16 other states have filed a brief for their lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The state joined the lawsuit in March, saying the DACA termination put 17,300 Colorado program participants at risk for deportation.

The program stopped deportation of some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children.

The brief, filed last week, argues that the decision to repeal the program was unlawful due to “demonstrably incorrect factual assumption and a glaring misstatement of law.”

The administration failed to properly investigate the program’s merits, the brief claims.

DACA has been a “regular practice” for decades, the brief says.

“The decision to terminate DACA was a dramatic policy reversal that threatened devastating consequences for hundreds of thousands of people, and serious harm to many thousands of employers and the economies and institutions of every state.”

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