5th Circuit denies request for emergency stay of lower district court decision
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 27, 2015) – President Obama’s immigration relief programs will continue to be on hold after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government’s request for an emergency stay.
Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, issued the following statement:
“The court’s decision today denies nearly half a million Asian immigrants from the relief programs provided by the President’s executive actions. This is extremely disappointing and we call on the Department of Justice to take action appealing this decision. We are confident that the federal court system will uphold these programs, which not only offer deportation relief but also allow immigrants to apply for work authorizations, obtain a drivers’ license as well as allow some to access health care, open a bank account and receive in-state college tuition. I urge those who qualify to continue to be prepared to apply when these programs become available.”
Today’s decision does not impact the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which went into effect in 2012.
Learn more about the president’s executive actions on immigration on Asian American Advancing Justice | AAJC’s Executive Action for Immigration Resource Page.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. working to fight for civil and human rights and empower Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to participate in our democracy. Advancing Justice | AAJC is part of a national affiliation that also includes Advancing Justice – Atlanta, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice – Chicago and Advancing Justice – Los Angeles.