ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a coalition of attorneys general who have filed a lawsuit to protect DACA recipients in New Mexico and across the United States.Read the lawsuit here » 

The suit was filed Wednesday afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

It states that the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution has been violated by the Trump Administration.

“I filed suit against President Trump and his administration to protect DACA because Dreamers are just as American as First Lady Melania Trump,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a news release. “President Trump cannot continue compromising the safety of our communities and our nation, or putting the security of thousands of New Mexicans who contribute to our classrooms, public safety and economy at risk.”

Wednesday, attorneys general from Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington filed the lawsuit.

Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that they would be rescinding the DACA program.