More than 170 members of Congress, including three from Hawaii, have filed a bipartisan amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“Donald Trump put the lives of Dreamers at risk when he canceled DACA and sabotaged every effort Congress made to protect these young people,” said U.S. Sen, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. “After creating this mess, he’s now looking to his appointees on the Supreme Court to ignore the law and approve his unjustified actions.”

Two of Hirono’s colleagues from Hawaii — Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, both Democrats like Hirono — signed onto the brief, which includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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The U.S. Supreme building. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

According to Hirono’s office, Trump terminated DACA in 2017, “throwing the lives of nearly 800,000 Dreamers into chaos due to our nation’s broken immigration system.”

The amicus brief argues that DACA is a lawful immigration program.

Trump on Wednesday called on the high court to cancel DACA in favor of a congressional solution that would “actually benefit” the young immigrants in the program.

Trump, The National Review reported, argued that the program gives the president “extraordinary powers.”

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on DACA on Nov. 12.

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