The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the preliminary injunction that temporarily halted President’s Obama Immigration Action that provided deferred action initiatives such as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and an expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Both initiatives that were part of Obama Immigration Action on November 2014 would have provided as many as 5 million immigrants with temporary relief from deportation. The decision today means that the initiatives remain suspended.
As Judge Carolyn Dineen King, stated succinctly in her dissent, “a mistake has been made.” It now is up to the U.S. Supreme Court to correct Obama Immigration Action—a mistake that sets not only a dangerous precedent, but one that is bad for families, bad for our communities, and bad for the future prosperity of our country. The Obama Administration should aggressively challenge the opinion in this case that states have standing—or legal authority—to file suit when they disagree with federal immigration policies such as Obama Immigration Action. This sets a dangerous precedent.
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