(May 26, 2015, Los Angeles) – Today, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to grant an emergency stay lifting an injunction against President Obama’s executive action programs known as DAPA and DACA in a politically motivated decision that aims to create fear and uncertainty for more than 5 million people across the nation, and 1.5 million Californians, who stand to benefit from the President’s executive action on immigration.
Importantly, today’s decision did not address the underlying issue of whether the President’s executive action is constitutional. CARECEN Los Angeles remains confident that the President’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and the extension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are on solid constitutional ground and will ultimately be implemented. We consider Texas v. United States of America a political attack on immigrants.
“DAPA and DACA are constitutionally sound and well within the President’s executive authority,” said Martha Arévalo, Executive Director of CARECEN. “Studies have also shown that their implementation will provide an important boost to the nation’s economy.”
CARECEN is not deterred by today’s decision. We will continue presenting forums and working with immigrants to help them prepare for these programs, and we will keep pressing for legislators to pass meaningful immigration policies, rather than continue these senseless battles against mothers, fathers, students and children who want to be part of this nation.
CARECEN has worked for 32 years to protect the rights and dignity of Central American and Latino immigrants in Southern California. Since its founding in 1983, when thousands of Central Americans were fleeing the brutality of civil war, CARECEN has worked to change unjust immigration policies, win legal status for immigrants, and foster community activism on issues such as education reform, workers and immigrant rights, economic justice and community strengthening.