Washington, Sept 6: A total of 15 states, along with Washington DC and District of Columbia, have filed a lawsuit against US President Donald Trump, urging the court to block his plan to end the protections granted to young immigrants.

The suit was filed by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who called President Trump’s move to scrap the immigrant protection program – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA – as an onslaught on the “American values”. It reflects the “dark time for our country”, he added.

Ferguson had earlier found success in challenging Trump’s Muslim travel ban in the court earlier in the year.

The states which have registered themselves as the plaintiff in the lawsuits filed by Washington include: New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia, along with the District of Columbia.

The move to end DACA was announced by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday. The scrapping of the Obama-era policy could affect as many as 20,000 immigrant from South Asian-origin.

Former US President Barack Obama condemned the move, calling it a violation of the values on which the nation is built upon. Obama said Trump’s conservative policy on immigration could be justified among his supporters, but his plans to deport those who were brought to America in early childhood, “those who pledge allegiance to this flag their entire life”, is inhumane.

The District Court of New York would hear the lawsuit. According to US media reports, more states could likely back their petition in the future.