Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Disappoints Once Again Next stop: Supreme Court

November 10, 2015
Contact: Lakshmi Sridaran,

SAALT is outraged by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision last night to block the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs, key components of President Obama’s executive action on immigration issued last November. This follows the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in May to maintain the injunction on expanded DACA and DAPA issued by Judge Hanen of the Southern District Court of Texas in February.

“Once again, the implementation of these much needed programs that five million undocumented immigrants, including 200,000 Indian Americans and countless more South Asians, could benefit from has been delayed and possibly jeopardized altogether,” said Lakshmi Sridaran, Director of National Policy and Advocacy at SAALT. “We are encouraged by the U.S. Department of Justice’s commitment to take this case before the Supreme Court. While it will be at least January of next year before the Supreme Court makes a decision on whether to take this case, we urge the Obama Administration to stem the tide of deportations in the meantime.”

“We continue to stand with immigrants who deserve the right to stop living in second-class status, attend college, work above the table for fair wages, and be reunited with their families,” said Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director of SAALT. “President Obama is fully within his legal authority to implement executive action on immigration, and it is essential these programs be permitted to proceed, especially due to Congress’ repeated failure to act on immigration.”

We hope this misguided decision does not discourage individuals from applying for the original DACA program that launched in 2012 and continues to be available. Over half a million young people have already benefited from DACA.