ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Latest on New Mexico students and DACA (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is joining several state attorneys general in vowing to challenge plans by the Donald Trump administration to undo legal protections for young immigrants.

Balderas on Tuesday announced plans to “build a strong case” to protect beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Trump has begun to dismantle the program also known as DACA that allows young people who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children to work legally in the U.S.

Balderas says Trump’s actions put a risk the safety of thousands of New Mexico residents who contribute to classrooms, public safety and the economy.

DACA was created under President Barack Obama. Trump has given Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix if it chooses.


3 p.m.

Students in the most Hispanic state in the U.S. have participated in a walkout to protest the Trump’s administration’s decision to end Obama-era immigrant protections.

High school students across Albuquerque, New Mexico, walked out of class Tuesday to protest the administration’s announcement it would wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

Several hundred from Albuquerque High School left class Tuesday afternoon and held a rally outside of campus while motorists honked in support.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called the program known as DACA as an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.”

Yelitza Salgado says she needs the DACA program to continue her education and left Mexico as a child. The 17-year-old says she hasn’t been to Mexico since.


10 a.m.

Students in the most Hispanic state in the U.S. are planning a massive walk out in reaction to the Trump’s administration’s decision to end Obama-era immigrant protections.

Activists say students in high schools across Albuquerque, New Mexico, are planning to walk out of class Tuesday to protest the administration’s announcement it would wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called the program known as DACA as an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.”

He says the Trump administration is urging Congress to find an alternate way to protect young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.

The advocacy group, the New Mexico Dream Team, called the decision a “cowardly and erroneous move.”