Temporary Halt to Implementation of Expanded DACA & DAPA

For imme­di­ate release | Feb­ru­ary 17, 2015

SAALT stands firm­ly against the mis­guid­ed U.S. Dis­trict Court Judge’s rul­ing to award a tem­po­rary injunc­tion on the expand­ed DACA and DAPA pro­grams. 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. Even though there have been pre­vi­ous attempts to derail the Pres­i­den­t’s crit­i­cal exec­u­tive actions on immi­gra­tion, includ­ing the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­ri­ty (DHS) fund­ing bill with amend­ments that attempt to defund the pro­grams, it is more impor­tant now than ever that the pro­grams are imple­ment­ed. While attempts to stop imple­men­ta­tion of the Pres­i­den­t’s exec­u­tive actions are large­ly sym­bol­ic and hold no merit—and we are con­fi­dent the Depart­ment of Jus­tice will suc­cess­ful­ly appeal the injunc­tion in the 5th Cir­cuit Court of Appeals—implementation of the expand­ed DACA and DAPA pro­grams will now be delayed. Mil­lions stand to ben­e­fit from expand­ed DACA and DAPA, includ­ing approx­i­mate­ly 40 per­cent of the over 500,000 undoc­u­ment­ed South Asians. Pres­i­dent Oba­ma is ful­ly with­in his legal author­i­ty to imple­ment his exec­u­tive actions on immi­gra­tion, and it is essen­tial that these pro­grams be per­mit­ted to pro­ceed, espe­cial­ly due to Con­gress’ fail­ure to act on immi­gra­tion.