Federal judge rules against immigrant families and temporarily blocks relief for 4.9 million, including half a million Asian Americans
Immigrants should continue to prepare for new immigration programs in anticipation of appeals court reversal
WASHINGTON— A Texas federal district court today temporarily blocked President Obama’s recent immigration actions, which would have offered immediate deportation relief to 4.9 million people, including up to half a million Asian Americans. Today’s decision is only temporary and may be overturned by a higher court.
“This ruling is out of step with current legal precedent and I’m confident that in the long run, the president’s immigration actions will be upheld as constitutional,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. “While disappointing, this is a temporary setback. I urge immigrants to continue to prepare for when the new programs become available.We also call on the Department of Justice to swiftly appeal this decision.”
The lawsuit, Texas, et al. v. United States, filed in December, was a last-ditch attempt by anti-immigrant lawmakers to block the implementation of the president’s deferred action programs, namely the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). The expansion of the DACA program would grant deportation relief to eligible youth who came to the United States as children, and the DAPA program would protect the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. The court’s decision does not impact the current DACA program.
Learn more about the president’s executive actions 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.