Judge Rules to Delay Executive Action on Immigration

United We Dream Press Releases

February 17, 2015
Contact: Mario Carrillo | mario@unitedwedream.org | 915.449.6463

UWD: “The Ruling Is Just a Bump In the Road – Executive Action Remains Solid”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late last night, a federal judge in Brownsville, TX ruled to delay implementation of the recent executive action taken by the President on immigration. The lawsuit, filed by conservative politicians in 26 states, is widely thought to be headed for reversal on appeal.

Judge Andrew Hanen, an appointee of President George W. Bush, has become known as an advocate for the harsh treatment of immigrant families and his decision comes as Congressional Republicans continue casting unsuccessful votes to undermine the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and the similar new program for parents (DAPA) in Washington.

Cristina Jimenez, United We Dream’s Managing Director said,

“Executive action protecting immigrant youth and parents is solid. Judge Hanen’s ruling is not permanent and we are confident that it will be repealed in a higher court.

“Republican attacks like this lawsuit do not scare us, they just focus our resolve to make these programs even more successful.

“The almost 700,000 Dreamers who already have DACA are proof that executive action works.

“Today’s ruling doesn’t impact those who already have DACA and only delays the applications for the DACA expansion and for DAPA – it is a bump in the road.

“Our community won executive action when we stood together and fought for it. Today, a single Texas Judge may have delayed the applications for executive action but United We Dream hasn’t delayed anything. Preparation for executive action is going full steam ahead.”