Fifth Circuit Decision in Texas v. U.S.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2015

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Fifth Circuit Upholds Preliminary Injunction in Texas v. U.S.

National Immigration Law Center: “The power of our movement is greater than the sum of any anti-immigrant judgment”

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today upheld the preliminary injunction put in place by a district court in Texas, et al. v. United States, et al., the lawsuit challenging President Obama’s immigration-related executive actions. The initiatives being challenged — Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — would allow millions of immigrants to apply for work authorization and protection from deportation. This ruling paves the way for the administration to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:

“The power of our movement is greater than the sum of any anti-immigrant decision. Those behind these attacks are standing in the way of progress and we will not stand down. As history has shown us, progress is inevitable. The court’s flawed ruling today is inconsistent with even the most basic legal principles. While it is clear that our fight is far from over, the power of our voices and our votes will eventually prevail and bring about change. We will not deviate from a future in which all immigrants are treated with dignity and justice.

“The stark opposition from Texas and other suing states is nothing less than a partisan attack on our families and communities. The most directly impacted are the five million U.S. citizen children whose parents would be eligible for temporary relief from deportation. We will continue working hard to ensure that families stay together, have access to health care, are protected in the workplace, and live without the constant fear of deportation.

“We now call on the Department of Justice to seek Supreme Court review immediately, where we are more likely to obtain justice for our communities. In the meantime, we are prepared to continue the fight for immigrant rights — in the courtrooms, in our communities, and at the ballot box.”

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