WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 17, 2015) — The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is disappointed with U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision to prevent the implementation of the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and inclusion of Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).
Earlier this year, Texas and 25 other states filed a lawsuit to prevent the execution of DACA and DAPA. On Monday night, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville, Texas ruled on the case and issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the implementation process of DACA and DAPA. This decision comes two days before the formal expansion of DACA on February 18.
“We are disappointed with the decision of Judge Hanen to temporarily block the DAPA and expanded DACA programs over 400,000 Asian Pacific Islander undocumented individuals. Multiple legal scholars, lawyers, and judges have said that the President has the legal authority to execute our nation’s immigration laws, which both DACA and DAPA fall under,” said Ken Lee, OCA Chief Executive Officer. “Judge Hanen has a long history of open opposition to the President’s immigration actions, in spite of the prevailing legal conversation. We are hopeful that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will fully weigh the actual authority of the President and reverse this decision. We encourage undocumented individuals eligible for DACA or DAPA to continue collecting their paperwork and not let this temporary decision deter them. As the ruling does not affect the original DACA program, we encourage eligible individuals to continue applying.”