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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Latinas criticize injunction against administrative relief programs

Press Release
Washington
Loretta Kane (917.410.7242, lk@caminopr.org)

Will continue fight for health, dignity, and justice for immigrant women and families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) denounces yesterday’s decision by the federal district court in Brownsville, Texas granting a preliminary injunction in Texas v. United States, the 26-state challenge to the president’s administrative reforms of immigration policy. This preliminary injunction will delay the implementation of the president’s reforms – which include the expansion of deferred action for individuals who came to the United States as children and for parents of citizens and permanent residents – nationwide.

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of NLIRH has issued the below statement in response:

“As an organization committed to the health and rights of immigrant Latinas and their families, we are deeply disappointed with today’s decision. The preliminary injunction against the president’s immigration reforms will harm immigrant women and families who would benefit from these much-needed immigration protections.

Justice delayed is justice denied. Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) will save lives, keep families together, and ensure that immigrant women and families can contribute to our nation’s shared prosperity without the constant threat of deportation. These programs are an important step in the right direction – particularly for immigrant women who are the backbones of their families and communities. We are appalled that state governments are pursuing lawsuits to roll back much-needed protections for immigrant women and families, instead of embracing the reforms as good for the health of families, communities, and our nation’s economy.

The states’ contention that the reforms will harm their state governments is false. The reforms are expected to increase our nation’s GDP by $90 billion to $210 billion over 10 years – with significant increases to the GDP of states involved in the lawsuit including Texas and Florida. We know that immigrants, including immigrant women, make tremendous contributions to our communities and nation’s economy. Policies expanding opportunities for immigrant families are not only humane, but also represent smart fiscal and public policy.

The president’s reforms are an important first step forward – but much more is needed from our nation’s lawmakers. Across the country, Latinas are defending the president’s actions and holding their lawmakers accountable by demanding broad-based reforms that ensure fairness and justice in our nation’s immigration laws – including reforms to enable immigrant families to participate in healthcare programs that build healthy families and communities.”

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.