In a divided decision 3 to 1, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied on May 26, 2015 an emergency petition of preliminary injunction which has stopped President Obama’s immigration actions announced in November 2014.
This court order keeps in place the hold on the implementation of DAPA – Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents – and the extended version of DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It has been estimated that both actions would have benefited 4 to 5 million undocumented immigrants.
President Obama’s executive actions announced last November were designed to shield some parents of citizens and/or legal residents from deportation, along with increasing the age cap for DREAMers through DACA. However, several states have filed lawsuits against the President’s actions. The lawsuits are still in the early stages of discovery.
Immigrant activists and advocates including members of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition and Promise Arizona expressed disappointment for the opposition to President Obama’s immigration initiatives and decried continued roadblocks.
Ben Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council, issued these comments in a statement:
“Every day that DAPA and expanded DACA implementation is delayed is a day in which families are forced to live in uncertainty and under the constant threat of possible deportation. Delaying implementation also means delaying substantial economic benefits to our country. The overwhelming weight of the evidence clearly indicates that DAPA and expanded DACA will increase Gross Domestic Product, reduce the federal deficit, and raise both tax revenue and average wages.
“[This] decision serves as reminder that broader, permanent reform is needed. Congress must do its job to enact immigration legislation that provides undocumented immigrants a full and meaningful shot at citizenship, helps the United States grow its economic prosperity, and reflects our proud history as a nation of immigrants.”
It is important to remind our readers that USCIS still receives applications for DACA and renewals. This earlier process is not affected by yesterday’s ruling.
Click here to get useful links for applying to DACA.
Click here for an article by the New York Times about the federal panel’s decision.