By Sudhin Thanwala (excerpted) –

When President Donald Trump revoked protections for young immigrants known as “Dreamers,” California’s top prosecutor, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, turned to a member of his office’s civil rights section to craft the state’s legal response.

Michael Newman, who now heads that section, recalled days of strategizing and drafting with “no defined barrier of day and night.” Becerra led meetings from a wooden conference table in his Sacramento office with about a dozen attorneys and advisers.

On Sept. 11, 2017, less than a week after the president’s decision, California filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of trying to push the 800,000 immigrants who benefited from the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “back into the shadows of American life.” The suit helped lead to the first nationwide court order requiring the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to continue DACA for existing enrollees.

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