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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NLIRH Statement on Fifth Circuit Court Ruling on DAPA and Expanded DACA

Press Release
New York
loretta Kane, Camino Public Relations Phone: 917.410.7242 Email: lk@caminopr.org

NEW YORK –  The following is a statement from Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, on a recent ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which continues to block the implementation of the expanded DACA and DAPA programs.

“Yesterday, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stood on the wrong side of history by siding with a vocal nativist minority to prevent millions of hard-working families and their children from being treated with dignity and respect.

“The Court had the opportunity to act swiftly to preserve critical immigration relief programs that would keep families together. But it did not, and its ruling only serves to further alienate families from the life that they have built together in the United States. We are confident that the Supreme Court will intervene to reverse this preliminary measure, ensuring that justice is restored for all immigrants. Yet, it is deeply saddening that in the meantime, millions of families will continue to live under the constant threat of being ripped apart.

“About 4 out of the 5 million estimated to qualify for deferred action would be parents of lawful permanent residents and U.S. citizen children.  At a time when over 5.3 million U.S. children are living with undocumented parents, it is clear that the court’s decision will be mostly felt in the homes of immigrant families, as they continue to live in fear of separation.

“It is past time for Congress to act on a meaningful and permanent solution to an immigration system that is ill-equipped to handle the needs of families.

“NLIRH will continue to advocate for the rights of all immigrants and their families, and strongly supports the U.S. Department of Justice in its pursuit of an appeal to this decision.”

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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.