CLINIC disheartened by 5th Circuit ruling; remains hopeful for immigrants on appeal

Nov 10, 2015

Silver Spring, MD—The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is disheartened by the Nov. 9 ruling in Texas v. United States by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The continued delay of administrative relief fails to recognize the contributions of those eligible for potential relief from deportation and poorly positions our nation to respond effectively to changing economic and social conditions.
 
CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson said: “I am very disappointed with the 5th Circuit’s ruling, as it will prevent countless immigrant families from remaining safely together in the United States. While this political and legal battle is being played out, real lives are at stake and families continue to be torn apart.”
 
The 5th Circuit affirmed the Southern District Court of Texas’s ruling of February 2015. It blocked President Obama’s executive actions that would expand a 2012 program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and create the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, announced Nov. 20, 2014. The original DACA program is not affected by the 5th Circuit’s ruling.  DAPA, as announced, would defer deportation for the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.
 
“Today’s ruling negatively affects more than 5 million U.S. citizen children and their families, “Atkinson continued. “We urge the administration to expeditiously appeal this decision to the Supreme Court.”
 
In light of the 5th Circuit’s ruling, CLINIC recommends qualified legal immigration practitioners continue client screenings to assist those eligible for other immigration benefits. CLINIC recognizes the need for permanent changes to the United States immigration system and calls upon Congress to enact compassionate, comprehensive reforms to strengthen our families, our communities, and our country.
 
As the nation’s largest network of nonprofit immigration programs – more than 275 organizations in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – CLINIC’s affiliates stand ready to assist immigrants eligible for relief with reliable, high quality legal services.